Product Review: Rob Keller MD Original Glutathione Formula

Awhile back a running friend and I were talking about energy and being tired all the time. As you who read my blogs know…. I tend to keep my schedule crazy busy. I had hit a point where I really had no energy. I would walk in the door from work and want to lie down. At 4:30. It was effecting my life and my running. When I was running I was slower, and my recovery time was long. I was sore for a couple days after long runs, even with foam rolling and icing. After talking with her and doing some research, I found Rob Keller MD supplements. Specifically the Original Glutathione Formula.
Rob Keller MD sent me a bottle to try… and Wow! Is all I can say. Within two weeks of trying this I noticed several differences. My energy levels were improving. I wasn’t running marathons suddenly, but I had energy after work without downing several cups of coffee. I was able to do more and felt better. Not sure how else to explain it, I just felt better… I was sleeping more soundly, felt more refreshed, and my endurance for the day was stronger. My skin actually started to clear, and as a 38 yr old female with acne, this was a great additional blessing!!
The next test… running and recovery time. I was running pretty consistently, training for another half marathon and working on speed drills. My recovery time was greatly shortened. I followed the same post-run routine, stretching, foam rolling, icing. Eating the protein. The only difference, I added in the Original Glutathione Formula. I was much less sore and able to do a short recovery run the day after long runs, with no problems. My muscles didn’t feel as fatigued and were not sore. My energy during runs sustained.
I honestly cannot say enough about this product. I have stuck with it for several months, and when I forget to take them for a few days, I notice the difference almost immediately.
From their website, here is a little more information on glutathione and their product:
Glutathione is a vital tri-peptide consisting of Cysteine, Glycine, and Glutamine. These amino acids are naturally manufactured in every cell of your body with high concentrations in the heart, lung, liver, spleen, brain, muscle and skin tissue. Glutathione functions as both an antioxidant and an antitoxin for your body, attracting free radicals and toxins like a very powerful magnet. Glutathione boosts the immune system and helps reduce the damage of free radicals on your cells. 

Although Glutathione is naturally prevalent in every cell of your body, starting in your early 20’s your body’s natural production of glutathione starts to decline by as much as 10% – 15% every decade. Additionally, stress, exercise, infection, injury and environmental toxins can also reduce your body’s glutathione levels. To increase your body’s natural defense against pre-mature aging and cellular damage you must increase your glutathione levels.

This formula treats the digestive system as a tool, not as a hurdle. Instead of trying to find a way to keep pure Glutathione intact through the digestive cycle, Original Glutathione Formula™ was formulated with the full recognition of the nature and environment of the digestive tract. Original Glutathione Formula™ is designed to be broken down by the digestion process. When the breakdown process is complete, what emerges into the blood stream are all the nutrients necessary for your body to generate Glutathione efficiently and consistently. Other components of Original Glutathione Formula™ support enhanced absorption and recycling of the nutrients that are critical to your body’s natural capacity to generate Glutathione.
I love this product SO much… I am offering a discount code for my readers… and some free supplements  for one lucky reader!!
To receive your unique, single use code (they only work once!) – email affiliate@robkellermd.comwith their First and Last name and 50% off in the Subject Line. When they order on autoship (you can cancel at anytime!) – they will receive their first order of Original Glutathione Formula at 50% off the regular price!  All subsequent orders will be at the regular auto-ship price of $39.95.  Offer good through 9/7/2012, for first time customers only.
For anyone who posts a comment explaining why they would love to try this product, their name will go into a drawing.  The winner will receive a product prize package to include the Original Glutathione Formula , Advance Immune Defense and G.I. Balance. Valued at $119.95!
*Although I received this product for this review, the opinions are mine and not influenced by RobKellerMD.

I Must Confess….

I have seriously been bitten by the lazy bug and I think it stole my motivation while biting me. Seriously. I would love to blame it on a million different things, but truth is, other people do all this and then some. Has my life been hectic? You could say that:

  • I am closing on our house Monday or Tuesday. I am VERY excited for this purchase, but, it was a short sale purchase with an FHA loan which means infinite paperwork. This also leads to lots of packing, planning, organizing, and living out of boxes.
  • Work is busy, YAY!
  • I have traveled A LOT since the end of June: 10 days in PA, 6 in DC, 4 in SanFran and 3 in NJ. 
  • I accepted a role as Race Chair for the Komen Southern NV Race for the Cure. I am super excited about this commitment, even though it involves a lot of work and time. The experience is invaluable and I love the group at this office and on the committee.
  • I am still taking classes, they are a great benefit for work, but, also more time.
  • I’m having eye issues. Not to go into a lot of detail, but I am spending a lot of time at the doctor’s office or with my eyes hurting. No bueno.

So, with all of that, I really have been exhausted. I mean exhausted. I came home the other day after 2 hours at the eye doctor’s, I fell asleep on the couch, then, woke up at 9:30 to go to bed, and slept until morning. When I am up, I am packing or planning something with this move. How the heck did we end up with SO MUCH STUFF?!?!

The above, explains the lazy as far as working out goes… but the bigger concern, the motivation. Seriously, I can’t muster it. I went to the gym Monday to meet a friend, we rode the bikes for an hour, I felt great and reassured that I could in fact do this. Haven’t done anything since then, no running, no yoga, nothing. I know I should do something, but, can’t get myself to do it. I am not even in the mood to entertain the battle in my head to convince me to get out there.

I have come to some realizations lately:

  • I want and need to lose 20 lbs. I would like to be down at 155-160, and, with the lazy and crazy, have put on a few pounds. 
  • I have created, ignored and re-created a schedule. I keep putting on there early morning workouts. I need to stop that. I love myself, I do… but I am realistic, and my butt ain’t getting out of bed any earlier. It just isn’t. I have planned this so many different times and ways, and it doesn’t happen. I need to just admit this and move on to a successful plan.
  • I have lost sight of MY goals. I know what other’s see in me and see for me, I tend to get caught up in all of that and lose sight of MY goals. 
  • I am not a fan of weight training. I start it, then since it isn’t interesting to me, I can easily dismiss it. 

For instance, I love running, I enjoy it. But, feeling like I have to do a run for a certain distance, not so much. I know I am a strong runner. Could I be faster, sure. Will it upset me if I am not, no. There, I finally said it. I love running, but do not care about being faster, winning awards, or any of that. Does it feel great to beat a previous time, well, yes. Who wouldn’t feel great?? Would more bling be great, yes. But, knowing that I can run, and knowing that I am able to finish half marathons, is enough for me. I am happy to get out there and run a half marathon, period. I don’t need to be amazingly fast or win awards. Starting and finishing is my award, that runner’s high from accomplishing something great (in my eyes) makes me happy for days. Feeling like I have to train or work on this, or do this… it seems to be killing off my motivation to just run. To just put on the sneaks, grab a bottle of water, and hit the road. I need to find my goals and motivation and enjoyment in running again.

Next problem,  how to build muscle and strength…. with minimal lifting of weights. I have read articles recently on power yoga for this… but, I definitely need fun options. I am also going to add in more cross training, the bike, try some swimming, even going to participate in a rowing event.

Next, getting back on track with eating. Since we are being honest… I love food, love food. Love the taste, smell, preparation. I did so great for so long, and lately, because of all of the above and the lazy exhausted feeling, have put little to no effort into really watching what I eat. I am not gorging on crap, but not as diligent as I once was.  I do still spend 95% of my food budget on produce and fresh meats.

Did I do this eat healthy, lose weight thing before and the exercise, yes. But, that’s the past, yes I did it… but holding on to the but I did it before mentality isn’t getting me where I need to be now. My body has changed, my fitness level is different, my life overall is different, and my health is different. I can’t look back and say well, do that again. I need to realize this is a new plan, a new start at making this happen for life.

I guess it all in some ways seems like I have to start over, and that is frustrating in itself, and in some ways, I am pouting like a kid thinking “it’s not fair” but no one wants to hear that, including me. I just need to get myself on track. But, I needed to be honest with all of you.

So, to some, it may seem like avoidance or whatever, I should just go all in now. Make the time, trust me I have seen and posted every motivational poster out there, I get it… there is no benefit in waiting. Well, maybe not to my fitness level. But, I have decided for my sanity, I am going to maintain, not lessen what I do, but not actively schedule workouts, until 9/1. Our lease ends the 31st, we close next week, and then moving and painting and unpacking and cleaning. Oh, and classes start August 27th. Why try to overwhelm myself, I do that too often anyway. So, as of September 1, the schedule starts. I will know my school classwork requirements, work schedules for fall sessions will be set, the move will be 99% done, I will be able to realistically look at my world and figure out the plan. I heard a concept at a training this week of making a 90 day contract with yourself. My friend J and I are going to do this to get ourselves refocused. I am working on my contract in the next couple of weeks. I will share that with all of you.

Thanks for listening and not judging…. I appreciate it. If you have any fun workouts that are not Zumba (sorry Zumba lovers, it just isn’t my thing), or basic weights…. send the ideas my way, I’ll consider them!

Fun in a Candy Store

So Friday night we went to dinner to celebrate that most likely (if the stars are aligned and all that jazz) we will be closing on our house this coming week! We are buying a short sale, so this has been an interesting process, but we are excited. I am less excited about the daunting task of packing…. my closet alone scares me. But, my hubby has been great and the packing is moving along.

Anyway…. after dinner, we stopped in the It’s Sugar store to browse.  Ok, I really wanted to see if they carry cinnamon mentos, I swear, the only place to find them anymore is amazon… no dice on the mentos, but we did find some fun and entertaining treasures….

Enjoy the pics!

 How exactly this gum will prevent ugly children is beyond me… but okay.

 I swear my husband calls it this or lip goo… I almost bought this for him!!


This is hand sanitizer, lol!

For all of my cat friends!

 My childhood hero!

 LOL… they actually had a lot of bacon stuff there, but bacon bandages, were pretty cool! And, they are sterile.

I wonder what the enchanted part is??

Anyway…. with work being very busy, my summer class ending, traveling non-stop, and moving, life has been busy. This was a very nice and much needed break from life.

Stay tuned! I will start posting house pics soon!! Have a great Sunday everyone!

8/8/12 Pace Per Mile Report

It’s a quiet week in the Las Vegas area for racing. Temps are reaching extremely high levels, with excessive heat warnings. So, if you are running, be it a training run, fun run, or race… PLEASE be careful, stay hydrated, and run smart!

11th Annual Police & Firefighter 10K/5K/1 Mile Walk on August 11, 2012 starting at 6:00 AM for the 10K and 7:00 AM for the 5K and 1 Mile Walk. This event is hosted by the Las Vegas Running Team and is sure to have some police and firefighters running it as well. I ran this 10K last year as my first ever 10K and loved it. There is a hill around mile 4, but other than that, a good course that winds through a shopping center parking lot and nearby neighborhoods. The Las Vegas Running Team has prizes for Top 3 Male/Female Top 3 Age Group M/F and Top 3 Philly/Clydesdale. Costs for this event are: 10K/5K- $35 and 1 Mile Walk- $15.

Have a great weekend and Happy Running!!

San Francisco: Epic Weekend of Racing and Family

This past weekend I traveled to San Francisco to race in the Wipro San Francisco Half Marathon and to see my brother! This event was HUGE and extremely well planned. How you ask… well, technically, it was 4 races. Yes, 4. The full marathon, half marathon 1, half marathon 2, and a children’s 5k. WOW. The Full and 1st Half started at the same location. The first half ended near where the second half started, and both the second half and full ended at the same location. Thankfully, the second half started 3 hours after the full and first half. Needless to say, different locations, transporting runners to locations, food, vendors, medals, etc… it was extremely well organized. Thank goodness.

Now, I was pretty excited to see my brother and SF, as I have never been there, and haven’t spent quality time with him since Thanksgiving. Oh, and did I mention he is also a chef (this means delicious food). He is actually the Resident Chef at Sur La Table in Palo Alto. (Yes, shameless plug, but I am SO proud of him!!).

My friend Charlene and I drove there from Vegas, a 9 1/2 hour drive. And, based on weather, another dimension. I left Vegas on Friday morning, it was 90 degrees. I got to SF, it was 55 and my brother had the heat on. TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. Friday night he and I walked to dinner, I tried pork belly for the first time… his explanation of “it’s bacon but better” doesn’t do it justice. (Side note, when he went to culinary school I made a silly agreement with him that as long as it wasn’t insects I would try it at least once, this will get me one day…). We then relaxed which was needed.

Saturday morning was a jog through Golden Gate Park, race expo, and shopping. This is where the chef part comes in handy… he decided to make me my last carb loading meal:

Not only does it look beautiful, but it tasted AMAZING! I didn’t take a pic of the salad with homemade dressing, but that was yummy too. The best part, I was going to buy frozen waffles (GASP!) and he insisted he would just make them for me, so he got up Sunday morning and made me waffles. Aww…..  Okay, I should divulge here he is an ultra runner, so he understands the importance of fueling for a race, but still, super sweet he made me waffles.

On to race day! Sadly, my brother had to go to Seattle for work, so we parted ways after my breakfast. Charlene and I headed to the park for the race. It was COLD and damp, even drizzly at times. Here I am shivering waiting for the race to start:

Overall, the race went well for me. It was hillier than I expected…. and yes, I understand it was in San Francisco, but I swear the elevation chart indicated it would be hilly through the park for 7 miles than downhill and flat the last 6.1. Um no. There was a hill at mile 10 not as much downhill as it claimed. BUT, it was a great event. The course was great, beautiful scenery, amazing volunteers… towards the end, we ran right past the entrance of the SF Giants stadium and had extra supporters from all the baseball fans there early for the game that day. I finished in 2:24:17, average for me, actually, about what I was at in April, with a very easy course…. so, for a difficult course, I take this as a sign I have improved. There are rumors flying the course was a bit longer, if that is true, than I would have a PR for the 13.1 miles. I also had to make not 1 but 2 bathroom stops. I have got to figure out the morning of hydration better… which, without those, would have come in under 2:20. This makes me happy knowing I have gotten stronger and faster. That, and that the hills didn’t terrify me this time around…. well, the mile 10 hill frustrated me…. but, overall, I did conquer the hills!!

Here I am at the finish, wrapped in my warm-up blanket they provide and medal!

For the record…. I love that they print your name on the race bib. It is really motivating when the supporters actually cheer your name!!

Race course sights:
Man holding sign that read: “kick a punk in the junk for a buck”
People with food and candy
An obvious runner not doing the race with a massage stick, ibuprofen, energy shots, and body glide
Lots of people on harleys as race volunteers

The grub and free beer after the race were also great! So, San Francisco, WIPRO, all the volunteers, supporters, etc…. THANK YOU for a wonderful event! I will be back next year, and, if I can conquer my fear of bridges…. will do the 1st half marathon and run across Golden Gate Bridge!!

Next Race: definitely Philadelphia Half Marathon, Maybe Red Rock Half Marathon….