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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

My experience with collagen peptides

If you remotely pay attention to trends, you know that collagen is the hot thing right now.  I wrote it off because I don't really buy into fitness trends because if you've lived more than 20 years, you know these things are cyclical and what they tell you is awesome for you this year is caca the next.  You all know I have issues both with my digestive system and my joints and muscles from our intense workouts.  I admit I succumbed to peer pressure on this one after continually reading blogs raving about collagen from people whose opinions I trusted.  How much better they felt, their skin cleared up, their hair and nails were growing faster than they could maintain, their joints felt better, they pooped like champs, their dogs got well behaved, the bee population started coming back, their mothers in law treated them like their own, etc.

After doing a lot of research for something with the least amount of taste, highest protein with the least sodium and most water-soluble qualities, I went with a big ol' tub of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides(affiliate link)

It's Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Non-GMO, Kosher, and all that jazz.  At 20 grams of protein per serving (2 scoops), it wasn't something I could ignore since I sometimes struggle to hit my protein target once or twice a week.

My primary reason for giving this a go was we had started lifting heavier, and it was taking a toll on the bod.  Also playing a part was my horrible gut makeup on the quest to become a daily pooper and if I could get good skin, hair, and nails out of the deal, it sounded good to me!  Typically I would drink it in the morning with my tea on cardio days and with tea in the evening after strength training sessions to attempt to help repair immediately with the amino acids they all tout.

They claim it's tasteless, but there is a definite aftertaste and mouthfeel change to your drink.  I can't even tell you what the taste is, but I would say it tasted like plain gelatin smells if that makes any sense.  The mouthfeel is actually silky but being a person who is very sensitive to textures, it wasn't my favorite.  I'd usually try to chug it down because I didn't enjoy it much.  Again, it's not because it was nasty, but it made just enough difference in taste to my tea that I noticed, but you guys all know I'm weird anyway so take it with a grain of salt.

I took it pretty religiously for about 2 1/2 months waiting for the benefits to roll in.  I was going to feel 25 again!  I was going to have thick, gorgeous hair and nails!  I was going to come out of the bathroom every day with a cape on, my hair blowing in the wind with my hands on my hips and head held high!  What happened?

Well, I lost some the wallet.

I'm not saying it doesn't work because, with over 2000 reviews on their own website of 5-star ratings and 4-star ratings of almost 3000 reviews on Amazon, it's gotta be doing something for some people.  It just didn't for me.  😞

When someone else mentioned it did nothing for them (but they only used it 4x...come on, now!), the company responded it takes 2-6 weeks of consistent use to see the benefits.   Many people have noted recently the formula seems a little different and doesn't dissolve as well but I can't attest to that since I didn't do it for a long time.  Some suggest it's best for smoothies or oatmeal and not as much for tea and coffee so that it doesn't alter the flavor because despite it saying it's tasteless, there is a slight taste like I experienced.   I'll be honest though, the biggest deterrent for me was the price on this one.  While I appreciate all of the non-GMO, pasture raised, etc., it's a steep price to pay at over $1.50 per serving if you do not see any benefit from it.  I did see that Trader Joe's now carries Great Lakes Gelatin for $10 per 7 ounce can which means if you bought 3 of them to match the amount you were getting in the one I was buying, you'd still be saving $13.  Great Lakes is a very reputable brand, and if you don't have a Trader Joe's near you, you can buy it here on Amazon.  (affiliate link)  The only reason I didn't get it is a handful of people said they got constipated with it and I didn't need to tempt that vixen.

I will say that my nails seem to take forever to grow now that I'm not taking it anymore but I didn't feel like they grew so much faster while I was taking it if that makes sense.  So maybe I couldn't see that until after the fact.  To be fair though, I'm also not using the protein nail formula that helped my nails grow religiously anymore so I can't pinpoint the collagen for sure.  My joints are as sore as they've ever been, but lately, they seem to be slightly more sore.  But again, there were other contributing factors that changed at the same time, so I don't know that I can pinpoint the collagen as the tipping point.

Just because my experience wasn't Earth-shattering doesn't mean yours couldn't be.  I have read some pretty amazing things from people whose lives it has changed, but as even my chiro confirmed, my body is the exception to many a rule.  I may try the other brand in the future, but for now, I'm giving my body a chance to just do its thang on its own without any supplements and stuff like that.  I already eat a goodly amount of amino acids to help naturally rebuild my muscles and joints, and I suspect I just need to get more flexibility exercise to help with that stuff.

So I encourage you to take a look at these, read the reviews from people and see if they're right for you.  I don't find anything wrong in seeing if there are products out there that can help me feel better or recover quicker and if they work, great!  If they don't, at least there's one more opinion in the thousands out there that you can take into account.

Have you or would you try collagen peptides?  What has been your experience?

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Monday, September 24, 2018

First Weekend of Fall recap

Happy Monday everyone!

The first day of Fall did not disappoint.

Matter of fact, it was probably one of the better ways we've spent the first day of fall in a long time.  Some friends of ours were going to come over in the evening but he ended up getting wrangled into work.  I told her we were going to a craft fair she mentioned she was interested in so we went there.  It was a balmy 62 degrees down 30 degrees from the previous day.  Glorious.

There were some cute things but nothing I couldn't live without.

I did almost buy two white and gray buffalo check pillows for the couch but at $39 a piece and more than the ones I bought from Crate and Barrel that I waited for a YEAR to go on sale for 20% off, I passed them up.  Besides, I saw some similar ones online at Kirkland's.  We did see some friends of ours who closed their brick and mortar store but still do occasional shows.  It was so fun to watch them light up as they saw us coming over.  We grabbed some lunch there from one of the food trucks (meh) then decided to hit a nearby park.

We got in a little exercise (mostly vertical) so the phone never came out since I felt like I was dying on the way up.  HIIT ain't got nothing on 45-degree hills.  We enjoyed a deep conversation so it was nice taking the time to both laugh and empathize with each other about the things we were all going through.

When we got back, we sat out on the patio for a bit.  There was an occasional breeze so I got out our portable campfire for a bit of warmth and also because we were planning to do s'mores.   Let me tell you, mama knows how to do s'mores.

One of me and the Mr's favorites was the Biscoff cookies, with a Hershey's Gold fun size bar and half a marshmallow.  Soooo good.  The flat ice cream cone thingies are also awesome.  It was nice to chit chat by the fire, eat childhood favorites and see how many times I could reach for something without my boobs catching fire.

Unfortunately, I woke up with a pretty bad headache Sunday.  They claimed it was supposed to be sunny but it wasn't for a good part of the day.  I had zero motivation to do anything even though I planned on going to a clothing store and to check out those pillows.  I decided I didn't need either of them and with no umph to do anything with a headache hanging on, we sat out back on the patio.  Then the sun started peeking out and I figured I'd better get some work in while I had light and I resented having to do it.  I don't know if it was the headache or something else but I got it done despite myself.  The Mr was kind enough to do a produce run so I didn't have to get my raggedy butt dressed.  Then it was workout time  (you can imagine how happy I was for that) and dinner time. 

We had vegan Italian sausage over pumpkin risotto with mixed veggies then boom...weekend over.  Oh, we did watch this to round out the night. 

How was your weekend?

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Friday, September 21, 2018

What I'm Reading This Week #38

Happy Friday everyone!  Sorry I was absent yesterday, we've got some crap hitting the fan right now so posting could be erratic depending on the circumstances.  I'm glad it's the weekend though and ready to hopefully jump off the mental hamster wheel for a few days.

Let's get right to...

5 Unexpected Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes  (Lurve me some sweet potatoes!)

Your Weekly Checkup: New Dangers Found in a Common Pain Reliever  (Scary stuff.  I used to pop ibuprofen like candy as a kid due to headaches)

14 ways one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have  (If you don't start exercising regularly after reading this, you're askin' for it.)

10 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Bananas  (Five days a week baby!)

If Your Partner Has Anxiety, Read This  (Good tips to be supportive, for sure.)

This Regret-Filled Widower Has the Most Touching Relationship Advice Ever  (Grab the tissues)

Hip Flexor Pain Is Basically The Worst—But You CAN Fix It  (I can vouch, sitting screws up EVERYTHING!)

Eating Salad Every Day Keeps Your Brain 11 Years Younger  (*starts washing lettuce*)

The 10-Minute Daily Ritual That Will Revolutionize Your Relationship  (Seems so simple but you'd be surprised how often you don't do this!  John Gottman is the man.)

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas Schedule  (I can't wait for Christmas at Graceland especially since I've been there for it!  I'm a little miffed they don't have Marrying Father Christmas on here though.  I've been waiting 8 months to find out when it's on!)

The weather is supposed to be a little less disgusting around these parts, so a friend is coming over to go to a craft show.  I wonder how drunk we'd be if we made a drinking game out of seeing the words "blessed," "thankful" or "grateful" in farmhouse font on everything in sight.  Probably sloshed under a tent 20 minutes later.

What are you guys into this weekend?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Last Summer Fun Poll

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Fall finally gets here this weekend, and no one is happier about that than me.


This has been a summer, y'all.  This was probably the worst summer to put a new habit of walking first thing in the morning into practice because every day I started off a sweaty beast with the humidity.  There were a few weeks it just was NOT going to happen.  You open the door and can't breathe, and it's like "nope!"  But I suppose the positive peeps would say "but you did it most days so that proves you can."  Mmm hmm.  As my favorite time of year approaches, I thought I'd look back on this summer and do a high and low of summer 2018.

High:  When the patio was FINALLY finished.  Not the first time it was finished, and they had to come back out.  The second time they were finished and had to rip half of it out because they suck.  Just being able to put everything back on the patio and know it was the last damn time we had to do it was not only exhausting but felt like we could finally exhale.  We'd moved that stuff THREE TIMES and some of it was not light.  So being able to look out back and see the finished product is just a relief.

Low:  Same project but I'll actually say the heat.  Even when we were done with the patio, it's not like we could go outside to enjoy it.  Too much humidity and blazing heat made it uncomfortable to be out there on a nice day but even cloudy days were awful.  Any rain we got was not that relieving rain that brought cooler temps, it just made everything more steamy and unbearable.  I felt like I had a sheen all season.  It was because of that heat that we also didn't paddle much this season which stinks.  Hopefully, fall will be more cooperative.

What were your highs and lows of this summer?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Who Would You Invite?

There's been nothing shareworthy going on over this way so I'm going to yank out a random topic. 

You know how people ask you "if you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be?"  Well, I think just picking one person is kind of unfair so I'm going to pick three for a nice round number that would fill my dining table.

1)  Elvis Presley

Oh my Lord, the things I would want to say to him and ask him to sing Teddy Bear to me.  (I'll take any Elvis but especially 1957 Elvis if I have a choice.)  I just love how generous he was even though it was to a fault sometimes.  He could read the phone book and I would be a puddle.  Listening to him sing anything but especially gospel where he would go almost operatic...gimme da vapors. 

2)  Olivia Newton-John

I have had the biggest girl crush on her my entire life.  That woman is truly angelic.  Her voice can bring me to tears no matter what time of the month it is.  The way she smiles, her laugh, her genuine sweetness, her giving spirit, her philanthropy.  She just seems like an all-around wonderful person.  One of my favorite scenes from any movie she's been in is this one where at about the 2:50 mark, you can see her adorable goofy personality shine through.  I love that she seems to love to laugh and be silly.  I just want to sit next to her and soak in her awesome.

3)  My grandma

If she didn't mind whipping up some noodles to serve to Elvis and Olivia, I'd be more than happy to make them with her.  I'd give anything to see her smile as I went gaga for these people and watch her swoon as Elvis belted out a country tune since she loved country music.  To smell her White Rain and White Diamonds co-mingle as I put my cheek on her soft cheek and hear her say "you were my first grandbaby" just one more time.  Then when Elvis and Livvy left, she'd stay behind and we'd catch up and I'd lay my head on her shoulder until she had to go.

If you had to choose three people, dead or alive, to a dinner party who would you invite?

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Trader Joe's Pumpkinpalooza 2018

It's dropped y'all.  Pumpkin goodness abounds at Trader Joe's and I didn't even get all of it but here's a peep of what you can expect to see.

Pumpkin cheesecake and...

...pumpkin marble mousse!  Yes, please!

Pumpkin ginger cones.

If we weren't going to two other stores, we totally would've gotten those.  Must go back for them.

Then you have the mecca

Pumpkin waffles, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Bar and sweet potatoes and butternut squash items.

The beauty holy grail...

They nailed it..."as gourd as it gets."  Get a few tubs of this stuff.  Give it to whoever is hosting Thanksgiving, give it to your boss when you ask for a raise, give it to your stone hearted mother in law if you have one, it will make your life better.

Apple Cider foaming hand soap is available too.

Then you'll proceed to sniff your hands the rest of the day like Mary Catherine Gallagher.

The pups can get in on the act too. 

(SB, note the TFT rocketing over the pumpkin on the right box!)

Then in addition to pumpkin butter, they have this...

If you like carrot cake, this could be dangerous.  You and a spoon in a dark corner.

That's just a taste of what you'll find.  I'd be thrown out for being a paparazzi if I took any more pics. 

What's your favorite TJ's pumpkin product?

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Friday, September 14, 2018

What I'm Reading This Week #37

Happy Friday everyone!  You got your boogie shoes on?  I do!  Not that my boogie-ing would be too pretty right now.  Mama gots tendinitis in the hips.  (Thanks, squats!)  I got the full monty at the chiro yesterday.   Belt sander across the arse and lower back, thumping drill thing in my lower spine, hips and bootius maximus, lower back stretching, hip pops, pretzel twist, leg ultrasound, ankle yanks, lasered arm scar tissue with an end on the spine roller bed.


Let's hustle right into...

Curvy shoppers grill retail execs: 'Plus-size' applies to body shapes other than 'hourglass'  (It'd be nice if something good came from this summit.  Dear Execs...tall fat women exist.  We are not unicorns.)

These Small Habits Are Scientifically Proven to Help You Lose Weight   (I keep meaning to incorporate habit #2)

A Trainer's 6 Top Tips For How to Stop Overeating  (That lip stapling bit seems a bit extreme. 
Ha!  Made ya look!)

15 Beautiful Ways to Reclaim Your Life When You're Broken   (Now I won't be able to get the song Broken by lovelytheband out of my head.)

If Your Workouts Last Longer Than 13 Minutes, Science Says You're Wasting Your Time   (Interesting findings.  Then in 5 years they'll tell us something different, I'm sure.)

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Apologizing  (#2 reminds me of the worst apology I ever heard when a family member told the Mr. "I'm sorry you feel I was X."  Not "I'm sorry I'm a flaming douchebag" but I'm sorry YOU feel that way" which is the same as saying eff you.)

A retailer is being called out for selling a fat-shaming sweatshirt — but the brand says 'it's the opposite of what it seems'  (Look, I get what they were trying to do but yeah, whoever thought that was a good idea to bring attention to trolling comments by making them a ridiculous priced sweatshirt needs to be flicked in the forehead.)

Vet Reveals What Happens in a Dying Pet's Final Moments, Breaks Hearts Around the World  (It's not what you think, it has nothing to do with the "process" of what is happening but as someone who has had to put two angel babies to sleep, it is imperative every pet owner reads this.  Do this last act of love for them, PLEASE.  Happy 11th rainbow anniversary to our angel baby.  Miss you, little girl.)

'The Candy Man' Gives Away 6,000 Hershey Bars in Decade-Long Act of Kindness  (What a sweet nugget.)

Putting Your Holiday Decorations Up Early Could Make You Happier, According to Experts  (*drags tree from basement*  Actually we are putting it up earlier this year so bring on November!)

Jeff Goldblum Says He Likes to Be Called Daddy While Eating Spicy Wings  (Video.  If you like Goldblum, you will love this video.)

It's grocery weekend and I think we're going to try to cram it all in today so we don't have to waste any time Saturday or Sunday.  We've got a date night planned Saturday and nothing will kill a mood quicker than a trip to Trader Joe's.  Speaking of which, I saw their pumpkin products are trickling in.  I will report back next week on what, if anything I spied with my little eye.

What are you up to this weekend?  What pumpkin product are you looking forward to from anywhere?

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