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An independent review of AGEL products

So I don’t often have much to say around here, and really this is just because when I was looking for somebody to tell me if Agel (pronounced “agile”) products worked or not I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t sponsored by the company or was talking about the dangers of multi-level marketing.

 

So – MLM aside (I am not getting involved in that!!) – I have been taking the following products regularly for almost two weeks, and am prepared to at least give an intermediate statement on how I feel about them.

 

FLX – this is supposed to contain 4 supplements to help your joints and bones – it says it is a Citrus Fruit Flavor.  It tastes like ass onto which a citrus fruit has perhaps fallen and rotted.  NASTY.  It is also kind of chalky.  Now, if you haven’t seen Agel stuff the whole pretense is that they are vitamins in a gel (kind of like Gu for runners) and therefore are absorbed better and faster.  Have I noticed any difference?  I don’t think so.  I still hurt in all the same places I usually hurt after activity, so whatever.  Not worth it to me to continue this one as it is (1) disgusting and (2) very expensive.  $85 for a month supply box.  I can take OTC glucosamine pills and save a whole lot of money.

 

GRN – this is supposed to be a cleanse type of product, gently keeping your system “moving” – it says it is a Lemongrass Mint Flavor – they got the grass part right. This tastes like somebody went into the yard and yanked up some grass (dirt and all) and put it in a blender with a squirt of lemon.  It’s not as bad as FLX, but it’s not very good.  It is also very runny compared to the other products.  I am not really into this one – I was eating yogurt with chia seeds pretty much every day and had no problem with regularity.  Again, expensive and I will not be ordering it again.  If I need a little something extra I’ll eat more applesauce….

 

PRO – this is a shake powder, a lot like a protein shake.  On their diet plan you use it as one or two meal supplements.  It makes a good shake in the blender – great with a little ice, 8 oz of milk and a half a banana or some blueberries.  However as a portable mean option this isn’t so good.  It doesn’t stir into milk on its own, and even in a shaker bottle it still comes out gritty and strange.  I don’t have a blender at work, so it just really isn’t working out for me.  The taste is fine, when blended in a blender.  (It is 3 WW points when blended with 8 oz nonfat milk by the way)

 

FIT – This one still tastes gross (“Lemon Meringue Flavor”) but is better than the others so far.  If you take it in one shot and drink water it goes down better.  It is supposed to curb your appetite, and let me tell you IT WORKS.  I love this one if only for the fact that taken 30 minutes before lunch I will eat a healthy lunch and not be starving at 3:00 p.m.  This is one I will probably continue to use if I see decent results at the end of the month.  I usually take one a day, but some days I take 2. (I’m also doing WeightWatchers and so some days I feel like I’m going to starve to death anyway….)

 

OHM – I just started with this one Monday, and I don’t take it every day.  The one I took did exactly what I expected.  It has a Vitamin B complex in it that gives you energy without added caffeine.  All I know is that it perked me up more than an afternoon Diet Coke does and it didn’t make me crash later.  My only complaint is that since I took it in the late afternoon (energy for exercise class) I had a hard time getting to sleep that night, so next time I’ll take it earlier in the day.    It is “Starfruit Flavor” and actually is the best tasting of all of the products here.

 

I hope this helps somebody else when they are looking around the Internet to find somebody who will give an unbiased opinion of these products.  I wish I’d seen something like this before I ordered.  It seems everybody who is involved with Agel has drunk the cool-aid and thinks this stuff is the best ever.  I think some of that is because they have to convince themselves that the MLM is going to work and that all the boxes of stuff they have to order personally every month to get their commission (from what I’ve seen between $200 and $300 worth) is actually doing them some good.  And maybe it does.  Maybe for somebody with more bone and joint pain the FLX does more.  Maybe for someone with different issues the GRN would help more.  Dunno. Not saying they don’t work, just saying they didn’t do much for ME.  And maybe the psychosomatic effect of all that MLM team training stuff they want to show you will psych you into feeling it does more than is an actual result of the product.  Either way, if you feel better why not?

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Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k

Untitled by medievalneedle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 6.24 miles (10k)
Time: 1:16:10
Average Pace: 12:12

This was my run in the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k hosted by Stephanie over at Run for Fun

This is my longest run to date. I have only done 4 miles up till now. Also I am apparently pretty consistent as my best 5k time is 36.15.

Run Streak December

Run Streak Dec 14 – Freeman Park by medievalneedle at Garmin Connect – Details.

 

Let’s see if this works.  I got a new Garmin for Christmas 🙂

Long Week

Not much knitting or anything else this week. Trying to stay on target with my runs and Saturday is Pumpkin Run. Not really setting a time goal just going to go out and run and see how it goes.

Bird Tree

There is a hierarchy in our house. Mark is of course “Tall Bird” and he is in charge. Bogart is only 4 bu he has been in the household longer than Loretto so he gets the shoulder. Loretto may be 58 years old but he has only been with us for a few months so he gets the arm. He wants so badly to have the other shoulder but that is not a good idea. Sometimes he gets the shoulder when he is on his own.

Having these boys in my life is an adventure every day. I can’t remember life without a loud green thing in the corner.

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Shopping Sunday

Spent the day with a dear friend. We had salads at J. Alexander’s and then hit the mall. Julie is my shopping genius. I think everybody needs that friend who will tell you when an outfit doesn’t work and then help you fix it.

Had some ugly weather after I got home but the tornadowind was really all that was bad. Supposedly it was “really bad” on our street but we missed out. Not sad.

Turned the heel on the sock tonight. Still dubious about this one and am giving it 60/40 odds it will get ripped out. The top seems big. I followed the pattern but it is not really well written in my opinion.

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Some Birds

Bogart wants to hang out on my foot.

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Loretto just watches the room.

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iMoved

My birthday present was an iPad and it is easier to me to work at WordPress from my iPad than blogger. So here we are. I hope to post more often now!

Yeah – I know – I never say anything.

Things are weird and busy and crazy here.

And the power has been out since 10:45 Tuesday night. Yes, it is now Thursday. I’m fully, fully aware. Everything in the refrigerator is ruined (guess what – I went to the store on Tuesday night!). The cats keep sneaking up on each other and fighting. The bird thinks he is being punished because you can explain to a small child why the lights do not work, but not to a bird.

I have finished socks. I did that Tuesday night at least.

These are from the Rockin Sock Club (Blue Moon Fiber Arts) and I did one sock from each pattern.  So they are the same yarn but different socks – fraternal twins.

My attempt at being artistic.  Because sometimes I get all weird with the camera.

Here is Mark’s birthday cake too.  I had the image printed and then with the help of a friend who is good at this sort of thing stuck it to the top of the cake.  It was tasty, and not the least bit weird.

I’d leave you with the bird, but sadly it is hard to take photos in the dark.

See you soon!

What I accomplished in 2010

2010 was one of those up and down years. But I accomplished a lot:

I ran 62 miles. My fastest mile was 10’19” and 29 of my miles were in October as I prepared to run my first 5k. I ran the Race for the Cure in Memphis on the 31st of October and finished just under my goal time of 40 minutes.

I knitted lots of things – socks, shawls and gloves. I finished my white shawl and white opera length gloves before DAR Continental Congress in July and wore them both to Page in Washington – another first.

I went to Knoxville for the first time for State Conference (not my first) and Washington DC for the first time for National Congress (which was a first). I went to Kansas City for a few days to visit with some stitching friends too.

2011 is going to be a good year too. I’m going to knit a lot of socks, and finish my shawl that I started last year. I’m going to Nashville for State Conference where I will serve as a Vice-Chairman of Pages. Probably no DC this year.

I also plan to complete the Gateway to 8k plan and run a few races this year.

I need to get photos of some of my knitting and post them soon. Until then – Happy New Year and may 2011 give you all of the blessings you desire!!