The bar you will Krave!

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I tried Krave Bars from Pure Fitness Nutrition and I have to say this bar is outstanding in both flavor and texture.  The bar is soft without being gummy or grainy, chewy and not hard, and the flavors are dead on for the flavor they say they are.  Krave Bars come in 6 delicious flavors:  Banana Nut Chocolate Chip, French Toast, Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Baked Apple Pie, and Raw Cookie Dough.

Now with “Raw Cookie Dough” as a flavor, you may be wondering if these bars are gluten free…they certainly are!  In addition to being gluten free, they also use high quality whey and milk protein (20 grams!), have no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, and they’re low in non-fiber carbs.  On top of that, these bars are made fresh each week!  The Raw Cookie Dough flavor is also a special treat if partially frozen like I used to do with cookie dough.  The French Toast is also a good breakfast bar, with the sweet flavor and a cup of coffee.

You can buy Krave Bars here, and you’ll also want to check out the men’s and women’s preworkouts.  I haven’t tried them yet, but I look forward to trying it out.  With the flavor that the bars have, I’d bet the preworkout is also amazing.  I’ve tried more than my fair share of protein bars and so far, this one is my favorite by a mile.

Try them and enjoy!

Sean

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Is it love that I’m feeling?

Yikes. A five way at second. That’s no fun.

Sienna wrote:

Sean,

I really want to tell this boy I like that I love him, but I’m kind of scared to do it because I don’t want to run him off.  We’ve been dating for two weeks and I think about him all of the time.  Should I try to call him and talk to him about how I feel or should I just let it go?

Sienna

Sienna,

You should definitely wait on this one.  Some people may say, “..it was love at first sight..” when they talk about how they met “the one” but it’s not actually love…it’s just good chemistry.  Love is built as the relationship grows and confusing love and chemistry can have disastrous results.  On the other hand, being unavailable or seeming uninterested can also have disastrous results.  Check out this Match.com article I found.  I’ve included my input on each point in underlined text below each one.

FROM MATCH.COM 
“It’s not you, it’s me” may be the most common breakup excuse of all time, but what’s the real reason your date suddenly got spooked and hit the relationship “eject” button? Here’s the scoop on why some relationships abruptly go bust, straight from the men themselves…
Reason #1: “She was a little too hard to get, so I stopped pursuing her”
Playing hard-to-get can be an extremely effective device, but you might scare a guy away entirely if you abide too strictly by the outdated guidelines in The Rules. “I went on several dates with this woman my buddy set me up with and we had an awesome time: great conversations, great kisses… but then she wouldn’t return my calls or emails for a couple of days, and it seemed like she always had other plans if I didn’t book a date with her pretty far in advance,” says Jim, 29, from Bennington, VT. “My buddy kept telling me that she was into me, but I couldn’t help but feel like she was stringing me along until she found someone better. So, I stopped calling her. She called me a week later to make sure everything was cool between us, but I broke it off before she could dump me.”

Tip: A vital part of the playing hard-to-get game right is dropping enough clues (especially to shy types) that you can eventually, well, be gotten. When you do go out with someone, ladies, let him know that you had an amazing time. That way, when you don’t jump all over his offer for a last-minute date, he won’t think that you’re really just blowing him off.

I have ended or avoided getting into at least a dozen relationships with women that I felt were too hard to get.  Not being available is a HUGE turnoff for me and almost every guy I know because we feel if you truly want to get to know someone, you’ll make them a priority, not just expect to squeeze them in when you have time.  Unlike Match says, don’t go out with the ladies and brag about the awesome time you had – offer to meet up with him and introduce him to your friends (but then go back to your ladies).  Who knows?  Maybe he’ll bring along some guy friends that may be perfect for that “ever-single” bff of yours.
 
Reason #2: He feels like there’s some chemistry, but not the right kind (or that it isn’t completely mutual)
The truth is, men have lots of issues with mutual compatibility, including when, where and how they prefer a woman to show her affection from a physical standpoint. “When you jump right into sleeping with someone, you skip a lot of the bonding behaviors that intensify a budding relationship,” explains Dr. Pat Love, author of The Truth About Love: The Highs, the Lows, and How You Can Make It Last Forever. “I tell people to try and enjoy the ride a little. Don’t skip over that romantic, electrifying bonding period.” James, 47, from New Braunfels, TX once left a woman after six months of dating due to her proclivity for PDA: “I loved her, sure, but the fact that she became more grabby and insisted on kissing and hanging all over me in front of my coworkers, family and kids eventually drove me away,” he admits. “It just felt slightly forced and unnatural to me.” Beyond bypassing the bonding period or putting your affections too publicly on display, holding out for too long to spend the night with your boyfriend can throw a different set obstacles into a new relationship. Chris, 32, from New Haven, CT, broke things off because, he explains, “My ex-girlfriend and I were compatible in every way except in the bedroom. After a while, I just felt rejected. It all went downhill from there.”
Tip: If you are presented with a maneuver you’re not comfortable with, don’t just say “no,” suggests Dr. Love, “say what.” Meaning, to avoid making your guy feel rejected or smothered, suggest an alternative that would be pleasing to you (and be willing to negotiate until you can both happily agree where your boundaries lie, affection-wise). This way, he knows that you’re not put off by him or marking your territory like he’s an inanimate object.
I didn’t like how Match basically said, “It doesn’t matter if you feel comfortable having sex when HE wants it, just sit there while he tries to negotiate a “beej” out of the deal to keep him interested.”  Wrong.  If you’re not feeling it, just explain that you’re taking awhile to warm up to the idea of physical intimacy and that you’d like to spend more time with him to be comfortable.  If down the road you don’t feel that way, then end it nicely and walk away.  However, that also means not leading him on, so no “beej” negotiations either.  No second base, no third base…just stay at home plate.
Reason #3: “I felt like I could never measure up to her level of success, and my ego couldn’t handle it”
Ask a room full of single men if they’d be interested in dating a successful woman with a gas-guzzling SUV in the driveway and an offshore bank account, and 9 out of 10 will trample you just to meet her. But while the fantasy of having a woman who takes you to fancy restaurants and picks up checks bigger than your weekly salary might sound nice, lots of men can’t handle the emasculating feelings that arise. Says Kevin, 30, from New York City: “I met someone at a friend’s wedding and we really hit it off. She was a financial executive; I was, and still am, a production assistant just barely scraping by. She said it didn’t matter to her and I tried not to let it matter to me, but whenever she slapped down her platinum card, it just made me feel kind of pathetic.”

Tip: So what is an upwardly mobile single woman to do? Dr. Love advises talking about it with him honestly — but keep the discussion brief. “If you want to go out somewhere you know is out of his reach, just say, ‘I would like to treat you,’ and try not to make a big deal out of it. The more you talk about it, the more he will feel emasculated,” explains Dr. Love. And remember, you’re not his financial advisor, so let him grab the check every now and again. It might not be good for his bank account, but it’ll do wonders for his ego and your budding relationship.

Just avoid this type of guy.  Financial issues can be tough.  It is sometimes tough to deal with financial inequality for either side, but if you’re clicking, don’t be insecure (either one of you).  If you are insecure, it’ll lead to all sorts of insecurity later on.  No one needs to support another person either though.  If you’re doing all of the paying and he/she is just mooching, it’s time to find someone that can give you more equal footing.

 
Reason #4: He feels like he now has another mother to answer to instead of a girlfriend
He already spent more than half his life listening to one woman tell him the brown belt doesn’t go with the black pants, and he doesn’t need you to keep nagging him about the exact same things. “A woman might think she’s taking care of her man, but instead, he often feels like he’s being controlled,” says Dr. Love. “When men feel like they are being mothered or being talked down to by a partner, it can be very demeaning and lead to the demise of the relationship.”

Tip: Want to improve your guy’s taste in clothes or take a different approach in his career? The key to success is properly phrasing your request so it doesn’t come across as if you’re policing all of his lifestyle choices. Don’t say, “Honey, you’d look so much nicer in an Oxford shirt than that ratty old tee;” say, “Wow, you’d look so hot in this — I’d love you to try it on for me!” If he thinks buttoning-up equals sex appeal, you can be sure he’ll do it. The same tactic works for any request, so long as you focus on the positive net results he’ll achieve afterwards instead of the negative ones you’re obsessed with pointing out to him now.

There was a woman once I dated that always made fun of my jeans.  She didn’t like them and felt I should be wearing the tight assed jeans with crosses bejeweled on the pockets.  She nagged at first and then tried the “you’d look sexy in this” approach and eventually, I ended things because I felt comfortable buying things I felt comfortable in and didn’t appreciate her comments.  I didn’t need 150$ jeans, my $30 jeans felt fine and I ended up finding someone who likes me for who I am, not what label is on my asscheek.  If you don’t like the way he dresses, bring it up once and leave it alone.  If there is no change and it still bothers you, find someone else.
Reason #5: “I ended it because she was pressuring me to move our relationship forward way too quickly”
When men feel as though a new relationship is going from zero to “let’s move in together” at light speed, most of them will try to slam on the brakes. “There is a biological reason why men and women move at different speeds in relationships,” says Dr. Love. “Sexual contact causes both men and women secrete a hormone called oxytocin, which intensifies feelings of love and the desire to nest. But in men, testosterone counteracts its effects. So afterwards, the woman is lying there feeling like they’ve bonded for life, while he’s wondering what’s on ESPN.” In other words, a woman may feel so connected to her guy as a relationship blossoms that she immediately starts thinking long-term; he, however, may not feel quite as committed to planning a future together.

Tip: How best to handle this chemical imbalance? Lay off the Martha Stewart Weddings subscription for a while and try following his lead. “Let him refer to you as his girlfriend before you call him your boyfriend, or at least wait for him to tell you he loves you before you start imagining what your kids might look like,” suggests Laurie N. from Little Rock, AK. “After my divorce, all I could think of was remarriage and I drove away two very nice guys before eventually settling down with my second husband,” she recalls. “Not everyone has the same relationship goals, and it’s best to let things develop over time organically.” If you’re with the right guy, his heart will eventually catch up with his hormones. In the meantime, try to relax and simply have fun while you’re spending time together.

This is another Titanic-relationship scenario that will sink something good in minutes.  I went on two dates with a woman that spent the entire date explaining that she wanted to be “wooed” and chased and she kept asking me how I’d “woo her”.  I stopped being interested by the second date. Another woman told me she loved me on the first date (no, not after sex) and that was enough for me to end things by the end of the night.  Relationships and marriage aren’t a race.  If you’re getting started on a serious relationship and you’re approaching your “Married by 30” deadline, stop looking at the deadline and just enjoy things for what they are.  Pushing someone along will only cause failure (and faster failure) than if you just take things slowly and let feelings develop organically.  If you’re the “I don’t usually do this, but I’ll sleep with you” excuse type of person, stop for your sake.  You’re not fooling anyone and you’re going to fall for the wrong guy. 
I think you fall into this last category Sienna.  I’d advise you to just let things happen as they happen.  After two weeks, telling someone you love them will either push them away immediately or it’ll create an awkward “do I say it just because he/she did” situation and it may complicate things later.  Hopefully things haven’t moved into a complicated intimacy area too with these feelings you think you’ve formed.  If they have, take a step back and build the relationship.  If you’re still “at home plate”, then stay there and enjoy the game.
Sean

 

Jay Robb Protein

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Oh yes..

When Jay Robb says he has the “Best Tasting Protein on the Planet”, he may very well be right.  It comes in egg protein, whey protein or protein bars, and all three varieties come in a multitude of incredible flavors (I’ve outlined them below).  The protein mixes extremely well, tastes exactly like the flavor it says it is (no “mystery chocolate”), and it’s all non-GMO for those of you that prefer a non-GMO protein.  Pina Colada is amazing.  It really tastes like a pina colada and not at all like fake pineapple..I was amazed at how great it tasted.

The products are made in a facility that also processes wheat, so they’re not celiac safe (I’d love to see it become celiac safe), but for those that are not celiacs, the bar is called out as being gluten free.  In between protein shakes, the bars make an excellent snack and they’re also packed with protein.  My favorite was the Peanut Butter flavor bar, but all 3 flavors taste great.  They’re also corn syrup, glycerin, soy protein, casein and MSG free (and they also took out the other junk too).  It’s a great tasting, well made protein bar.

Here are the flavors:

Whey Protein-25g of protein per serving
Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Tropical Dreamsicle, Pina Colada, and Unflavored

Egg Protein-24g of protein per serving
Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Unflavored

Jay Robb JayBars-Up to 15g of protein per bar
Fudge Brownie, Cashew Coconut, Peanut Butter

Jay Robb knows his stuff too.  He’s a clinical nutritionist, has over a dozen health and fitness books, and has an interesting story you can read here.  If you’d like to buy products, you can do so by shopping “Protein” or “Products” on the page, or you can save some dough and sign up for autoship here and have it automatically shipped to you!

If you’re new to protein and you’re looking for something that tastes great and works well, Jay Robb is definitely one to try.  If you’re NOT new to protein, the Jay Robb flavors may set the bar for any protein you’ll drink from here on out.

Sean

Dirty Energy

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I recently got my hands (mouth) on a great (delicious), healthy (still delicious) snack bar called Dirty Energy.  Its a great tasting take-along snack that has a great balance of protein and carbs with some green coffee to boot. Packed with healthy ingredients like dates, cocoa, almond butter, peanut butter, raspberries and Quinoa, its a bar that gives long lasting energy and nutritional power for your day.  While its made gluten free, one thing to note, it may not be celiac safe and contains the warning that the bars may contain traces of wheat.

About half of the bar left.  Can't stop eating..
About half of the bar left. Can’t stop eating..

Despite the small size, the bar is quite filling.  I had one with a cup of coffee for breakfast and wasn’t even hungry until noon.  I also noticed there was no sugar crash (which is common with some cereals or breakfast bars) and that was a nice surprise.  It comes in three flavors: Berry, Mocha, and Peanut Butter.  Olivia tried the Peanut Butter flavor and loved it!  This bar is made for kids and adults alike.

You can buy them at the Dirty Energy Website.  Mocha is by far my favorite flavor, but I’d suggest trying them all!

Sean

New format/5 years!

So due to errors on the backend side of the site, I’ve had to change my format yet again.  Since I’m making another change, I’ve also decided to combine it with the kick off for my 5th year of Minnesodad!

Yes, it’s been 5 whole years, and I hope you’ve enjoyed every post (or at least a few).

Here are some interesting facts about the last 5 years of Minnesodad:

Interesting facts:

*Olivia was 5 (almost 6) when I started.  She’s grown 15 inches since then.

*13,000 visitors were from the US last year.  Well over 14000 in total.
*None from China the Congo, or Chad.  Rats.  What is it with the C countries? Chile’s viewing Minnesodad..don’t you others want to be like Chile?
*Highest US state for viewing was Alaska.  I’m making that up.  People have better things to do in Alaska than view my blog..staying warm is probably one of them.
*Namibia had one person check out the blog.  Apparently the only guy in Namibia with internet likes my blog.
*Idaho.  Someone there probably viewed my blog, but I can’t see to that level, so I just said Idaho to get someone in Idaho to view this.  I’ll even tag #Idaho below.  Potato.
*When I started this blog, I was 262lbs (2009).  I dropped down to 207 and went back up to 240.  I am 230 now and dropping again.  I went from chubby to thin (no muscle), to bulky (muscle and creatine bloat), and I’m on the way to cut and lean.  It’s been interesting to see the changes.
*I’ve had 3 of the four big cellphone providers while doing this blog.
*I’ve been through 7 pairs of gym shoes while doing this blog.
*I’ve run/treadmilled/rowed approximately 1700 miles since starting my blog.
*I’ve gone from “at least a pop or sugary beverage a day habit” to coffee, water, milk, and the occasional energy drink.  Drinking periods not counted…love my Lost Island rum and coke and a good martini.
*I’ve consumed about 180lbs of protein powder since starting this blog. That may seem like a ton, but believe me, it’s light.
*I’ve spent around 600 hours at the gym since starting this blog.  I’ve also been a member of 4 gyms during this time.
I’ve met so many new people, made so many great friends, and had some great adventures along the way.  I’m glad you could join me for a few.  Stick around..there is more to come.
Sean

Supplement Review Round 2- Frog Fuel

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This video is from Frog Performance’s website.

Frog Fuel..I can’t say enough about this protein.  Not only is it packaged in easy to use packets, it tastes good and works well.  This is not your typical protein..literally.  Instead of the typical whey, egg, casein, protein powder, Frog Fuel is an amino acid PACKED collagen protein that was developed by NAVY SEALs.  Collagen is found in our body’s connective tissue, tendons, joints and even teeth, and it’s the second most abundant substance in the body (1st is water). Almost 1/3 of the body’s protein is made up of collagen protein.  Collagen protein has stepped into the spotlight as the MUST HAVE protein for any fitness regimen because it’s been shown to actually help the body repair itself and regenerate joint tissue.  On top of that, it may also help boost metabolism, provide better skin elasticity, give an energy boost, and provide greater muscle retention.

FrogFuel Energized

The citrus and berry flavors are a little concentrated, but both flavors taste great.  There is no bad aftertaste and the liquid is “liquid-y” and not “jellyish”, which makes taking it even easier for those with texture issues.  It’s also got a 2-yr shelf life with no refrigeration, so if you fall off of the fitness wagon once or twice, Frog Fuel will always be there waiting when you get back on.  Did I also mention it’s gluten and lactose free?  Yup.  The designers thought of everything.

There are 4 varieties that you can take before, during, or after your workout:

Frog Fuel Regular: 15 Grams of protein, enhanced with Taurine and other aminos.

Frog Fuel Energized: Frog Fuel Regular plus 80mg of caffeine.

Frog Fuel Ultra: 10g of protein, beta-alanine and citrulline, plus electrolytes and 10g carbs.

Frog Fuel Ultra Energized: Frog Fuel Ultra plus 80mg of caffeine.

It’s easy to take, easy to pack, and easy to buy (www.frogperformance.com).  This is a great protein for anyone looking to try the next evolution in great fitness supplements.

Enjoy, I know I did.

Sean

UPDATE:

If anyone would like to win a free 12pk of the regular Frog Fuel or the Energized Frog Fuel, the first one to email me wins a 12pk from Frog Performance!  Just send me an email with why you’d like to try Frog Fuel and include your full name and shipping address.

Annnnnd…..go!

Update 2: We have a winner! Congrats to Brian! Enjoy your Frog Fuel and let me know what you think!