IdealShape Review and Giveaway

I was presented with the opportunity as a SweatPink Ambassador to review IdealShape and do a giveaway (more details on that later)! I have found that it is so easy to incorporate this into my daily life! As Ironman Florida training ramps up, I’m getting hungrier but I still need to lose some weight so I needed an alternative (to snacking) to help me out. This has been the perfect addition to my daily routine.

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I’ve been taking my shaker and putting the IdealShape powder in baggies to make it a little easier to get to work… I find myself drinking a shake on the way to work and then I’m good for the morning. I had been snacking a little too much at my desk and this has managed to keep me full for the morning.

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It’s also been great to take in a few extra calories before going to work out in the evening. With workouts consistently once or twice in my day, 7 days a week, I need to keep fueling my body. It’s important to me though not to overly fuel my body as it reacts with instantaneous expanding ass syndrome. Can’t be doing that with another Ironman on the way this fall.

The IdealShape chocolate IdealShake is my favorite as it is just a good tasting shake. I’ve made it with both water and milk (separate times peeps), and if you want it to be a little thicker then I suggest you go with milk. I like to do that for the morning, after my morning workout to help get some protein added in my system for recovery. I also have the Orange Cream and it is not bad at all – I’ve only had that with water so I bet it would taste like an orange dreamsicle if I made it with milk.

img_6678Depending on how I feel, I may incorporate IdealBoost into my day. The training munchies are REAL folks! I’ve found that the Boost not only gives me a little more pep in my afternoon step but it curbs my appetite. This has helped me make some huge gains in keeping my calorie intake at a normal level as an endurance athlete.

IdealBoost flavors have blown me away, in a good way! They are light and refreshing and definitely a nice complement for it being summa, summa, summertime! The thin packets fit nicely in anything you may be carrying (purse, gym bag, wristlet, etc). You can empty them in a shaker with 16 oz of water, or use a water bottle to have the same refreshing drink. I’ve found I can go about 3 hours, or most of the afternoon, not needing to snack. AMAZING!

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So you want to try IdealShape products? Awesome! They are sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky TriNTriAgain reader! The winner will be picked at random Thursday, July 14th at 7:00pm, CST. Here’s how to enter:

Entry to Giveaway – You must sign up for the IdealShape newsletter (scroll to bottom of main page and you will see “Receive our Newsletter”) and comment below that you did so. Required

Additional Entries can be made by:
– Following TrinTriAgain on Instagram
– Following IdealShape on Instagram 
– Posting below on how you think IdealShape can help you have an #idealfitsummer
– Share with your friends on facebook, instagram, pinterest, and other social media avenues! (1 entry for each share)

Post in the comments when you do any of the entries above (with your handle names) and we’ll announce a winner on the blog tomorrow night and on Instagram! Drawing will be done at random. To add a comment, please see the link at the top of the post…

The views expressed in this post are a reflection of my views and my views only.

 

 

 

Cancer Sucks

So it’s been pretty crazy in the Adams/Bernatovich house as we learned our oldest female boxer has Mast Cell Tumors (Cancer)… at first we thought it was just one spot as she’s been plagued with fatty spots for years now. She had surgery a couple weeks ago to remove the one tumor on her side and then one tested positive in her ear! She went to an Oncologist last week so we could discuss options about the one in her ear that is in a complicated spot.

The decision of what to do for a pet you have rescued some years ago (over 9) is so difficult. It’s amazing to see how she shows her vulnerability to me meanwhile when Dustin comes home from work, she shows him her strength and seemingly puts on a show for him no matter how exhausted she may be.

We had decided to move forward with freezing the tumor in her ear… and then Tuesday night, her gums went white, labored breathing, and overall lethargy led us to the Emergency Vet. She made a come back while we were there… and we made the decision to take her home and into our vet that next morning. Our Veterinarian has been amazing with Mylee and helping us through this. He met with me when I dropped her off so she could be worked into the schedule… he told me he wanted to do a work up and x-rays, I said go ahead… the x-rays came back showing her chest looked great however, her abdomen not so much… he broke the news to me on the phone that she had a Splenic Tumor in her stomach. He believed it ruptured the night before and that’s why she was showing signs of anemia. We were told she’ll be tired but she was okay to come home. We’ve been told it could be anywhere from days to months that there is no way to really tell. It’s heartbreaking.

There are mornings she will not eat so I have to bribe her with chicken broth (low sodium, of course). There are times she doesn’t want to get out of bed. There are times she downright just wants to sleep and lately, she’s been sleeping a lot in her kennel. The kennel she went to when she decided it was time to have 6 puppies. The kennel she likes to go to if there are storms that are scaring her. It’s her safe space kennel.

We knew that she was starting to age rapidly after we lost our male at the end of last summer, Apollo. (He was also the father to her puppies). The grays have been coming in. She has spurts of energy but we know she misses him dearly. I know you’re  probably thinking she’s just a dog but she’s been so much more to us that “just a dog” – she’s part of our family. And so now we will do everything we can to make her comfortable in these last days or months of her life. She had ice cream last night… she’ll have more later this week.

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We do need to give special thanks to the Live Like Roo Foundation. One of our friends who also rescues dogs sent Mylee’s name into this organization. They sent her a care package with toys, treats, and a blanket she takes everywhere… she’s not playing much (or at all) but at least she takes comfort with her blanket. Cancer sucks. Even though she’s always been spoiled, we’re going to make sure our sweet, sweet girl #liveslikeroo for the special time we have left. And then, we will make sure to pay it forward back to the organization for helping us and our girl…

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