Torn Meniscus? Check!

After having five operations on my right knee, I have become very aware of how my knee feels at any moment throughout the day. I check if it is swollen, if I have any spots that hurt, I check how my muscles feel.  I run when it feels good, I prop it up when it feels bad. My knee is the boss sometimes. I know to not do any sports or activities that involve pivoting or sudden side to side movements. I know my limits. 18 years of knee issues has taught me a lot.

The worst part of having my knee injuries, is knowing that for no good reason at all, things in my knee are going to break/rip/tear/go to shit. Last week I was walking when I felt it. I had a click in my knee. When I walked and moved my right knee in the normal walking motions, there it was, the Click. Click Click Click Click Click. This is all I feel all day now. Click Click Click Click Click. Do you know what a Click means? From my 18 years of knee issues, I know that this Click means I have a torn meniscus. I have never had the common symptoms (swollen, stiff, reduced range of motion, pain) but I know when it happens.
Who isn’t going to get down about this? This girl-

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Will this stop me from running? Weightlifting? No. No. Will it annoy me endlessly until the end of time? YES. My 4th and 5th surgeries were to repair meniscal tears. The 5th was also to remove the floating fragments of femur that resided in my knee, but the tears were fixed too.  I know the feeling and I know how much it will bother me. But, I also know that surgery #6 isn’t necessary until this causes a problem. They are terribly easy surgeries to get through and the rehab process isn’t anything to worry about, but I don’t want to do it until I have to.

So, for now, this means nothing to me. I have the Owens Corning Half Marathon in four weeks. FOUR WEEKS.
Well, it means nothing except Click Click Click Click Click…

MealEnders Review & Giveaway

Overeating is one of the most talked about topics in American healthcare. Americans overeat and are not using the correct portion sizes. We also overindulge on our sweets and snacks. I am horribly guilty of this. Sweets are a huge downfall for me, I have problems saying no. MealEnders is trying to help Americans get a hold of our cravings and overeating! They sent me four packages (one of each flavor) of their Signaling Lozenges. The flavors are Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Mint.

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They are low-calorie, drug and stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind. At the end of a meal, when you would typically reach for the candy or baked goods, pop a Signaling Lozenge and do not chew or bite it, savor it! There is an outer coating on each lozenge that provides a measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by a palate cleansing to reduce cravings. By keeping your mouth occupied for up to 20 minutes after a meal, it will naturally transition you away from the desire to overindulge.

The outer coating is fantastic! It melts away and is great tasting. The next part of the lozenge has a stronger flavor that is there to engage the trigeminal nerve to cue the cessation of eating and engages your taste receptors to transition you away from foods being consumed.

MealEnders Signaling Lozenges come in 25-piece pouches. They are low-fat, stimulant-free, gluten-free, kosher, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or MSG.

2015-02-13 18.09.00I did not try the Mocha flavor because coffee is disgusting in all forms (my opinion), but my coworkers tried that flavor and I gave the other three flavors a go. The melt-away layer really does give you a small, sweet treat to enjoy. The palate cleansing layer did have a strong flavor in each of the flavors. The cinnamon was by far my favorite, but I also loved the meltaway layer of the chocolate mint!
Enjoying a MealEnders Signaling Lozenge is a smart way to allow your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. I didn’t find myself reaching for an after lunch snack, as I typically do. The lozenge did the trick!

My coworkers loved them so much, I had to hide a few so I would have them when I wanted them! They particularly loved the Mocha flavor, I have a lot of coffee lovers around here!

I have MealEnders to give away! You can sign up to win one bag of each flavor (four bags total). You can also purchase your own at MealEnders and save 30% on your entire order by entering coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout! Good Luck!

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by MealEnders. The opinions expressed here are my own (and are awesome).

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