Sunday, May 22, 2011

Permalean Protein Bars Review

EnergyFirst sent me a couple Permalean Protein Bars to review in addition to the protein powder and green drink powder packets I reviewed earlier here.  Permalean Protein Bars are advertised as "the only 100% All-Natural, Low Sugar, Low Carb, Low Calorie, healthy nutrition bar in the world!"  I like that kind of confidence :-).  Below are the two bars I was sent:

Chocoholic Chocolate: 9 of 10.  This bar tasted like a tootsie roll to me.  It was chewy with a rich chocolate flavor.  The texture was a tad gritty, but not bad.

Stark Raving Peanutz: 9 of 10.  This bar had a tootsie roll/ 3 musketeers/ Snickers texture, but still tasted like a protein bar.  I liked the thin milk chocolate coating and peanuty inside. 

The nutrition facts for both bars was great, and I was also pleased with the ingredients.  I think these bars would be great to eat for a quick breakfast or a post-workout snack.

On another note, I hope everyone's summer is going well.  I'm enjoying mine so far!  The weather has been fabulous, and I even got in a couple 3 mile runs last week.  I haven't been able to run quite that far since my IT band started to bother me this winter, but I'm slowly increasing my mileage now.  So far all is going well.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Graduation: A blessing and a curse

The semester is over, and many people are graduating from high school or college and moving on in their life.  I'm not graduating this spring, but I do have friends that are.  I'm sorry to see them go, yet happy for them as they pursue their dreams and goals.  This is definitely an emotional time and sometimes I'm not sure how best to handle it.  I think the best thing one can do is to move on with confidence and trust.  New friends will be made, new opportunities will arise, and the pain of parting will subside.  These comforting words can be hard to internalize in the moment, yet such is life: people come and go, relationships begin and end, and change is the only constant.

This definitely reminds me of The Beatles song "Hello Goodbye".

Here's to new beginnings! 

I had to end on a positive, cute note :-).  I took this picture just a few days ago in Champaign.


Monday, May 2, 2011

May Flowers

It's May!  I can hardly believe it, but I'm very excited for summer!  I have just two weeks of class left.  I am planning on doing a lot of biking and running around the Champaign-Urbana area.  I'll probably need to do that in the early mornings or late evenings if this summer is as hot as I heard last summer was.  Ah well, I can be flexible.

I have some flower pictures to share with you today.  These aren't all ordinary flowers though... see if you can spot the 'special' ones ;-).

Did you notice anything odd about the middle two pictures?  Those are actually fake flowers!  Yes, I didn't realize that fact until after I'd already taken a few pictures.  I was drawn to the flowers because of the beautiful rain drops on the greenery surrounding them.  When I finally took a closer look at the flowers themselves I noticed they weren't real.  I had myself a good laugh after that - haha!