Friday, October 14, 2011

Because I have @Klout- The Clymb @theclymb

So, another awesome thing I got to try recently, is a private shopping network called "The Clymb".  It is similar to a lot of other flash sale websites that have great deals on items for short periods of time.  This one those is specifically for outdoor brands, and stuff for hiking, running, working out, etc.  The discounts are undoubtedly awesome!  Even after I made my purchase, the emails I get for the daily "ascents" still offer great, great things-  like Teva sandals, Slumberjack Tents, O'neill Sunglasses, Sigg Waterbottles and so many other awesome things that I've forgotten and don't want to try to summarize for fear of misrepresenting what's there.  But every day there is new merchandise.

Since they don't carry clothes for us big girls, I was relegated to the accessory aisle and decided on these super cute sunglasses from O'Neill

I received them last week, and so far I'm loving them!

The only complaints that I have for the site:

#1  There are no offerings for plus size apparel, and there are no plans for future offerings of plus size apparel.  So this is strictly a skinny girls dream (as far as clothing goes)

#2  Their customer service department response time is reaaaallllly laboriously s.l.o.w.  Emails really should be replied to within 48 hours, ideally within 24... their customer service for each of my 3 inquiries took almost a week.

#3  Their merchandise is not on site- it's shipped from the suppliers, so it will take a while for your merchandise to arrive-  expect at least 7 days, but plan for about 13-15 days.

Other than that though-  the deals really do outweigh the few complaints that I had with the site.  So, here's the lowdown on The Clymb

Each brand’s product is available for 3 days only or until it’s sold out. Membership is free and by invite only. So, I am providing a link for anyone who would like to try them.

I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.  Klout, like myself, endorses Blog With Integrity 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Because I have @Klout - @BigTrain Fit Frappe

So, one of the great benefits of having a blog, is free stuff!  Who doesn't like free stuff right?
A month or so ago, I was approached by Klout to test a product made by a company called Big Train out of California.  It's a Caffeinated Protein Powder, called Fit Frappe- which comes in a ton of different flavors, and is essentially like having those high calorie blended beverages without the calories or sugar.

Fit Frappe™ 5 flavors new protein drink mix (Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, and 2 non coffee flavors Vanilla and Chocolate

·         20 g protein 16 oz drink
·         Gluten Free
·         ~130 calories
·         Serve it hot, cold or blended
·         ~5 g fiber
·         < 1 g sugar
·         vitamins and minerals

They are actually quite tasty-  as you probably read from this weeks previous post- Ive sort of become addicted to them.  While I have to wean myself off them just a bit, they are definitely worth a try for those of you who like going for a morning blended beverage, but then hate yourselves for drinking all those calories.  This has a taste of a you-know-what that rhymes with "Flap like Nemo"  but is full of all the goodstuff we need like protein and fiber.

Check them out on Facebook at or their website at

I was given a free product or sample because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. Klout endorses Blog With Integrity, as do I.  

Monday, October 10, 2011

You Are Not Alone

Holy Guacamole, it has been a hella long time since I've checked in.  My.Bad.  Seriously.

This term has taken its toll thats for sure.  Time has been squeezed into a never ending progression of work, school and homework-  and working out is stuffed into teeny intervals of space when time permits and motivation is eeked out of the very last drops of energy.

This weekend was a workout with Brutus-  it's been a while, as our schedules haven't been able to mesh.  Weeks of dependance on caffeine, and eating only one meal a day has resulted in a serious depletion of the energy stores.  My day's have become a succession of protein shake breakfasts, followed by caffeinated protein shake lunches (and usually some form of solid food) -  followed by a coffee and  some form of "grab and go" snack (usually peanut butter crackers, a nut mix, or pretzel crisps with cheese or hummus)  -  and that is about the extent of my meals in a day.  Probably less than 1200 calories.  If I had to guess (since this bad girl hasn't been food tracking at all-  Id say I have barely been eating over the 1000 calorie mark)

So after a "warm up" of fifty weighted squats and twenty twistie thingies that my tired brain can't provide a better description of-  I was already running on fumes.  Two sets of rigorous lower body work (read: squats, squats, squats, more squats- some bicep work, followed by kettle ball squats) I was literally out.of.gas.

Usually, I'm tired or my muscles get a bit shaky, but never like this. Never to the point where I can't even stand -  I was exhausted.  I have officially hit the point of burning the candle to it's complete end.  That- was where the breakdown happened.  Yup- me, the non crier- cried.  Okay, I spilled like five tears and then was able to reign it back in before it turned into an ugly cry- but I broke down.

Now- this is where you will all say "Brutus rocks" because he totally does.

He said "you are not alone in this...  you have your husband, you have me, you have your friends, and they all are here to help you."

I just need to ask.

I know.  I'm not alone.  Asking for help = not my favorite thing. We've been over that a billion times.

And, in reality what all can I ask for help with?  Help reading the never ending books? Help writing the never ending pile of papers?  Help keeping me company at three in the morning when I wake up and I'm not able to fall back to sleep?  Yes Mr Millie can help with dinners and keeping us on track and organized.  Brutus can help keeping me in check, giving me suggestions for high protein snack/meals and giving suggestions on how to eat on the go,  but other than that-  how else can I be helped?  I sort of dug my own grave this term.  As usual, I took on too much in order to prove I'm worth remark.  To show that I can balance the plate on my nose, while balancing on the ball, while singing kumbaya backwards in chinese, with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back-  tadaaa- :jazz hands:

 I keep yearning and searching for approval that isn't going to come.  The only one that ever ends up affected by it is me, and my own exhaustion, and yet I repeat the same pattern over and over again.

At this point, all I can do is push through. Its too late to change anything (class wise).  We have a new plan eating wise going forward. That consists of tupper ware-  coolers, and small grab and go snacks that can be eaten at work, in the car, during class-  made beforehand and stored in the fridge until needed.

The new plan for working out-  walking on the treadmill- every night- after class/homework/etc.  To prevent moving backwards, to keep the muscles limber- while also not burning out and then a Brutus butt kicking every Saturday.

Only 2 caffeinated drinks a week (*whimper*) -  according to Brutus- once the body knows it has fuel stores (from the food) it can turn to, it won't feel so tired all the time.

Then, once the semester is over-  spending a LOT of time recharging - I have some vaca days left and some floating holidays left-  which will be used to let my brain just recover from being overly taxed.

A wiser schedule for next term- which will not force me to have to work every single day and night seven days a week.  It may delay my graduation date, but at least I won't lose my mind and I'll have some time to really focus on getting healthy.

So, that is all she wrote for now!