Bye-bye burpees, hello (just a little) sugar and a pretty package from Arbonne

January is my least favorite month of the year. Short days, too much rain and the financial aftermath of the holidays always make me long for February.

This year there are two extra reasons to be happy that January is finally over; no more burpees (at least for a little while) and the end of the no sugar challenge!

Although both challenges went well, I’m looking forward to a little slice of something sweet come dessert night (always Friday and Sunday in my house). And my group fitness classes are certainly looking forward to more variety in their plyometrics training! (I’ve promised them that the entire month of February will be burpee-less and I’m certain they will hold me to my word!).

I’ve been taking my new GNC vitamins religiously and although it’s probably too soon to tell, I do feel like they’re giving me more energy. In fact, after Monday morning’s Step and Weights class, several of my participants wanted to know if I’d had an extra shot of coffee that morning (I believe the exact words were ‘did you take something before class?’). I’ll write a review post once I’ve finished my month’s supply.

And all my Tweeting about vitamins and energy did not go unnoticed by my friend Lyndsy, who happens to be a sales consultant for Arbonne. She asked me if I’d be interested in trying some of their supplements. Now you will pardon my ignorance, but I had NO IDEA that Arbonne sold health products. I always associated them with skin care and makeup (I probably need some help in that department too, but I digress). Of course, I said YES, and just look at what Lyndsy dropped off in the weight room for me (thanks so much Lyndsy!);

Protein powder, fibre supplements, energy fizz tablets, vitamin packs, tea and kids chewable vitamins. I’m planning to try the chocolate protein after my morning workout (it’s legs day, today), but will hold off on the vitamins and energy tablets until my current vitamin experiment is finished (otherwise, I won’t know which product is responsible for what; science experiments 101). In the mean time, I’ve given my 7-year old one of the kid’s vita-chews to try. Here’s his review!

P.S. Still haunted by that age old question, cardio before or after weights? Check out my take on it over at Bite Size Wellness!

Did you take your vitamins today?

What do you love about February?

Disclaimer: GNC vitamins were purchased by me. Arbonne samples were a gift. All comments and opinions are my own (and those of my son!).

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  1. bitesizewellness says:

    It is a vitamin bonanza lately! Great connecting with you in last night’s chat too!
    Congrats on finishing your no sugar challenge! That is quite an accomplishment.
    My favorite thing about February is V-Day because my husband and I have a tradition to cook an extravagant (and healthy!) three course meal of food we would normally never eat. I can’t wait to see what we decide to create this year πŸ™‚

  2. WOW I promised to lay off multivitamins for a month only to stumble upon this post EXACTLY on the first day of the month. How coincidental! Well, February is two/three days shorter than the regular month which means lesser days in class…and a lil fast forward to March (Yay Spring!). Haha

  3. Tamara you rock! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to turn you into my guinea pig! You are such a fountain of fitness knowledge! If any of YOUR followers would like to sample Arbonne’s Essential products for themselves they may message me on my Facebook page or visit my website:

    • Thank you Lyndsy! At the suggestion of a fellow YouTuber, I went back to my video and added links to the Kids Chews on both the US and Canadian Arbonne sites. Readers will be able to see your comment (in just a minute) and you’ll hopefully get some website visits as a result!

  4. yes I try to take some vitamins, I go through periods when I am good at remembering to take them.
    good luck with the sugar free. we are eat a low sugar diet now too.