100 empty boxes of quest bars

I ate 1,200 Quest Bars in 2014

As part of my healthier lifestyle, I like to keep track of how many times I make decisions that I consider beneficial to my long term goals. To that end, at the beginning of 2014 I started keeping my empty boxes of Quest bars, so at the end of the year I could tally up my total. It turns out that I ate exactly 100 boxes (1,200 bars) of them in 2014. As you can see from the photo above my favorite flavor is apparently chocolate chip cookie dough.

So what were my results for 2014?


I am not saying that eating 1,200 Quest bars made me lose 55lbs in 2014, I am saying that making a decision about what I ate 1,200 times contributed to me losing 55lbs in 2014.

If you haven’t tried Quest bars, I highly recommend them. Check out my review of the newest S’mores flavor.

Let me know what you think in the comments!



Day one with my Fitbit Surge

The Fitbit Surge

Over the past year or so wearable technology from companies such as Fitbit, Jawbone and even Microsoft have become popular weapons in the endless battle to live a healthy lifestyle. Although I consider myself a “professional consumer” I have never owned a fitness tracker before. When I saw that the new line up of Fitbit products included a heart rate monitor I knew that I had to have one.

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Quest Protein Bar S’mores Review

As someone who eats 2-3 protein bars a day (specifically Quest brand) as meal replacements I tend to get pretty excited when a new flavor is released. Quest Nutrition recently released a new S’mores flavor of their outstanding Quest Bars. Now that I have been through an entire box of them I thought I would share my thoughts on the new flavor.

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My ultimate weight loss guide – Getting your mind right

My ultimate Weight Loss Guide - Getting your mind right

This step is arguably the most difficult because it involves taking a long, hard, (and brutally honest) look at yourself and what actions led you to where you are today. I believe that this was the #1 factor that contributed to my personal success to this point and the part that was missing during my previous attempts at changing my lifestyle.

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My ultimate weight loss guide – Introduction

In my career I have often times found it invaluable to create guides that quickly explain how to correct an issue or situation so that if I run into the same situation again I am able to quickly correct it. One of the biggest challenges of my life so far has been losing 150lbs over the past 18 months.

I wanted to document exactly what I did that allowed me to achieve this goal primarily for myself in case I need it again in the future but also in the hopes that it may help other people who are struggling to change their lives for the better.

First, I will discuss the mental/emotional hang ups that were keeping me from succeeding. Then, how I was able to  “hack my life” to make it way easier for me to succeed, my experience with exercise, and finally the EXACT changes I made to my eating habits in order to get me to where I am now. Hopefully continuing down this path will lead me to lose the last 30lbs and maintain my lifestyle for the rest of my days.

If anyone reading this has any questions, comments, or concerns — feel free to ask in the comments.

Take care,



Quest Protein Chips Cheddar and Sour Cream Review

Cheddar and Sour Cream

Today I will be reviewing the Cheddar and Sour Cream flavor of Quest Protein Chips. Over the next week I will also review the BBQ and Sea Salt flavors.

I was first introduced to Quest Nutrition products while my ex-wife was attending a required weight management program prior to having gastric bypass surgery in 2011. The program recommended that she begin familiarizing herself with various protein products because they were a great way for her to meet her nutritional needs with her reduced food intake capacity after surgery. We found that the quest protein bars not only tasted the best, but they also had a great nutritional profile. In 2013, I began the current phase of my own crusade against obesity and over the last 18 months I have eaten more than 500 Quest bars. When I found out that Quest was releasing Protein Chips I got super excited and immediately pre-ordered several bags of each flavor.

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Processed foods make you sad, no really!

A story recently found on MSNBC highlights what most overweight folks know already, eating highly processed food makes us depressed. (and not just in that ‘I can’t believe I just ate’ that way, either) the story cites a study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry which analyzed the link between the food people ate and their mood. I personally have found this to be true.

Interesting read.


Creators of Alli making documentary about eating

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) the makers of weight loss drug Alli are working on a documentary about the unhealthy relationship people sometime have with food. In an article published on CNBC.COM the parties involved assure CNBC that it will not be a marketing ploy, and that the film will be a real documentary in the vein of “An Inconvienient Truth”. Personally, I hope they consult with Dr. David Kessler when making the movie because his book  “The End of Overeating” (which I am currently reading) has tremendous insight into why people do what they do.

I will be following this story closely.