First Review – GNC Puredge Daily Energy

When I first decided to start this blog I promised myself that I would do honest reviews of products that I try. I promised myself that I would do both good and bad reviews and not limit the reviews to positive only. Well the time has come and the fist official review that I’m doing is a not so great of one. Yesterday I went to GNC and purchased a tub of their brand’s energy/pre-workout called GNC Puredge Daily Energy.  GNC daily energy

I was really hopeful for GNC Puredge Daily Energy. A look at the ingredients had me hopeful for a pretty pure and all natural product. (Here is a link to the product).  The GNC website gives this description of the drink:


  • Natural Ingredients Clinically Studied to Boot Energy with Green Tea, Black Tea, Guarana & Rhodiola*
  • Functional, Whole-Food Based Blend for Daily Antioxidant Support*
  • Healthy Carbohydrates for a Quick Energizing Pre-Workout Boost*

GNC PUREDGE™ sets the new standard for quality, nature-based sports nutrition without sacrificing delicious taste or the performance benefits you’d expect from the industry leader by providing powerful natural compounds and clinically studied ingredients. Each product is certified banned substance free, contains no unhealthy artificial additives, and features a powerful Functional Flavor System that utilizes active flavoring ingredients to go beyond delicious taste and deliver additional healthy functional benefits. These innovative products give you a strong and wholesome foundation for personal improvement in any fitness pursuit.*Daily Energy provides you with potent energy from natural herbal teas; the highest quality carbohydrates plus clinically studied beta-alanine, and fruit and vegetable extracts. This convenient formula provides a healthy energy boost to help jumpstart your day or workout.* Whether you’re trying to beat your physical record or looking for a healthy boost to your day, every ingredient is working for you.

  • Natural caffeine sources to support mental alertness, reaction time, endurance and performance*
  • Clinically studied beta-alanine provides a muscle buffer to support fatigue-controlling factors*
  • High-quality carbohydrates from waxy maize and cyclic dextrin supply quick energy for a healthy pre-workout boost*
  • Powerful grape seed, clinically proven to support blood vessels, for a healthy heart*

The GNC Functional Flavor System provides amazing taste plus functions as a system to provide additional health support. Instead of artificial ingredients, this system uses sweet and tart cherries, providing anthocyanins and antioxidants, to provide a great-tasting flavor while protecting healthy cells from damaging free radicals.* Even the delicious natural flavor is working for you!


GREAT! Sounds like a good option. Okay so here are my thoughts…..


great energy

didn’t give me that jittery feeling

I took it at 6 pm and was still ready for bed at 10:30 pm (after the royals kicked some major butt in game 6 GO ROYALS!)

I had a great workout after drinking it. I felt more focused and definitely had the energy to go hard through my workout


there is only one…..and it is a big one for me.

the taste and texture are absolutely horrid.

I could have handled it if the texture was the only thing. It got a little thick when I mixed it with my water but that could be due to some of the ingredients. I could have lived with the texture. The taste, this was the killer for  me. Now I know everyone has different tastes and likes so you may have had this stuff and absolutely loved it. Maybe I need to try the other flavor of this. I got the cherry limeade because hey, who doesn’t love some cherry limeade. Am I right?! Well this girl does not like this cherry limeade. I will go back to using the Beachbody E&E drink for now. This also isn’t my favorite. The taste again is its downfall in my book. But I have been able to tolerate it for a couple of months now. Some people that I have talked to have absolutely loved the E&E taste. I love everything about it but the taste. However it isn’t awful. I just would like to start my morning at 5:00 am with something a little more tasty!


Remember that these views are mine and mine alone. I was in no way paid to review this product and it is my personal opinion only.


The Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

You are doing everything you should be. Eating right, working out and then all of a sudden 2 weeks have passed and nothing has changed. Not the scale not your inches, nada. You have hit a plateau… what?

Even though it’s completely normal to hit a snag in your fitness journey, a perceived setback like this can send even the most dedicated dieter off course, away from healthy eating and toward cookies, cake, and pizza. Pizza and ice cream, those are the two that I always turn to. But unlike me you can be strong and get back to changing your body again. I have 5 great ways for you to get back to losing inches and feeling great!

1. Zigzag your daily calorie intake. /\/\/\/\/\/\ (like my attempt at a zig-zag?)
In theory, you’ve got to eat less to lose more, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes you just have to shake things up. Here’s one way to do it: If your average daily intake is 1,400 calories, try dropping to 1,200 one day, going up to 1,800 the next day, and then dropping back to 1,400. The idea is to keep your metabolism guessing. There’s no magic number that works for everyone, so you’ll have to experiment until you find the right calorie levels for you.

2. Switch up your exercise routine.
If you do the same workout each day, eventually it can start to become less challenging, and (unfortunately) less effective. If you push yourself to new levels of strength or exhaustion, you’ll almost certainly see a shift. Here are some ways you can challenge your body:

– Swap your jog for a bike ride.

– Try weights with your cardio routine.

– Add intervals of high intensity to really make you sweat.

– Drop to the floor for 10 push-ups right now!

Just change something!

3. Eat some almonds.
Almonds are a great snack, plus there’s some research that indicates that they can help you burn fat. That’s because they contain fiber and fatty acids—the good kind of fat that helps you lose weight. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity compared two groups of people who ate a 1,000-calorie-a-day diet. As part of their daily diet, one group ate 3 ounces of almonds every day. The other group ate a mix of complex carbs. What happened? The group that ate the almonds lost more weight. Where do I sign up? I guess this is our “magic pill” everyone has been searching for the past few decades! GET YOUR ALMONDS!

4. Get more sleep. ZZZZ
I’m in, I don’t care what the reasoning is but I’m in.

This may seem like the opposite of number 2, but the truth is is that you could be training too hard, which is about the quickest way to hit a weight loss plateau, because an over-trained body holds on to weight as if it were starving to death. There’s no better way to test this than to try and sleep more. The reason is that your body recovers much more quickly from exercise while it’s asleep, and if you’re burning the midnight oil while trying to do your new and different workout, you could easily plateau from lack of recovery time.

5. Relax.
Believe it or not, the one big thing besides diet and exercise that can cause you to plateau is stress. When you’re stressed, your body sends out higher levels of the hormone cortisol that, as stated in number 4, can encourage your body to hang on to fat. Cortisol is a performance-enhancing hormone, meaning it is released at times when the body is in an emergency state. It increases performance over a very short period of time. When cortisol is released and forced into action at regular intervals, it causes your body to wear down and switch to more drastic means of survival, like holding on to excess amounts of body fat. Your life shouldn’t feel like one big emergency. As a society, we need to learn to be more tranquilo.

We get stressed for many reasons, almost all of which are influenced by the society around us. One of the best ways to combat stress is to get some alone time to chill. If you’re the type who can’t let go, try some forced relaxation techniques, of which yoga seems to be one of the most effective. There’s something special about the mind/body interaction of yoga that forces a relaxed state even from the most stressed of us.

My favorite way to relax and get rid of some stress. A good ol’ massage. Now this might not be for everyone but I’m telling you, it is magic (the other magic pill). I carry all of my stress in my shoulders and so not only does my stress possibly affect my weight/size and health it also is a pain in my neck (and back).

Well there you have it. Until next time!


Start the week right

I believe that a workout on Monday is the most important workout of the week. I’m not saying that I always enjoy my Monday morning workout because let’s face it, when that 5:00 am alarm goes off it means the weekend is officially over and I need to get my butt out of bed and start this week. I don’t always accomplish getting my Monday workout in. In fact, I fail to workout on Monday more than I succeed probably but hey, I’m human. I am not perfect. I may be a health and fitness coach but I struggle to get my workout in too. I come up with excuse after excuse to not do it but in the end the only way to see change is consistency.


Today marked the official 2nd day of my  first round of the 21 day fix. Yesterday didn’t go as well as planned, again I’m human and I gave in to going to Jimmy John’s with the husband and having my sandwich with bread and a bag of Jalapeno chips. What I “should” have done was have it as an unwich and then just stolen a few of the hubby’s chips. Eh, oh well. Time to forget about it and move on! Starting today I’m going to post pictures of what I eat for the next 20 days or so. Since I’m getting started later than originally planned on this (oops). I am not going to do the full 21 days per se the first round since obviously the best holiday is in less than 21 days! Is anyone else as excited for Halloween as I am?!? But I do plan on doing 2’ish rounds of the 21 day fix before November 22 when my family leaves for MEXICO! Hello beaches and swimsuit season all over again. Hope you all have a wonderful day! I will update this post this evening with my awesome food pictures :). At the end of each week I also plan on posting the week’s meal plan for anyone that wants help with what to eat on the 21 day fix! Happy Monday and don’t forget your most important workout!download


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