Christine’s Countdown to ThermadeX

Hey guys! So I’m the lucky girl that got chosen for the ThermadeX review: On this site, I am going to run a 30-day log of PNI’s thermogenic fat burner, ThermadeX.

Before I actually get the product, I wanted to give a slight peek into where I am lifestyle and diet wise.

I swear it's the angle. Thank you Myspace circa 2006 for ingraining me with valuable photography skills.

I swear it’s the angle. Thank you Myspace circa 2006 for ingraining me with invaluable photography skills.

My name is Christine and I’m 21 years. I was born and raised in Southern California. I live in the Los Angeles area. I’m a full time student. This means that I am always broke, always hungry, and always tired. The combination of school and work has spiraled into a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I eat food that’s convenient with little disregard of what I’m putting in my body.

When Mike and I started talking it hit me that I needed to commit to a better lifestyle and really take care of my body… my metabolism isn’t what it was five years ago and it’s not fun when your fat jeans turn into your regular jeans. I tracked my log of what I typically eat in a day. Mike recommended a great way to count calories and figure out (check it out here

Christine’s Typical Daily Food Log, Pre ThermadeX

Here it is:

  • Breakfast: Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno Kettle Chips (210 cals)
  • Lunch: Flame Broiler White Chicken Veggie Bowl w/ Magic Sauce (500 cals)
  • Dinner: Chicken & Monterey Jack Cheese Chimichanga (290 cals)
  • Snacks: Rip Rolls (130 cals), Monterey Jack & Chicken Taquito (280 cals), Steak & Cheese Taquito (210 cals), Coffee (7 cals), Vanilla Ice Cream (170 cals)
  • Total caloric intake: 1797 calories (+597 calories over the suggested 1200 cals/day)

To put it shortly, I eat like shit.

It shocked me how the little snacks here and there added up. It’s not like I’m eating fruit all day. It’s sugary, salty, fatty… and delicious. Let’s be honest here, I am a classic stress eater with an oral fixation problem.

This log is not an exaggeration of how I eat, it may even be one of my better days. I have Taco Bell at least once a week. My job buys me lunch during my full days (Chipotle steak burrito). On the way to school I ate three chocolate cupcakes with no regret… well maybe a little now. My roommate just texted me asking if I wanted to grab some Jack In The Box Tacos (2 for $.99!).

My boyfriend and I eat with no reservations. I never say no to tacos. Long story short… It’s easy to say that I really need to crack down on what I’m putting in my body. I’m trying to establish a secure base that reflects how I eat before I get the ThermadeX.

Christine’s Fitness – Running and Cardio

On the flip, I’m not a total lost cause. I like to run. I ran track for most of high school and it’s my preferred method of exercise.

There's hope!

There’s hope!

I’m lucky to have a free on campus gym at my school and I don’t mind doing cardio work during the week. This was my most recent 45 minute cardio workout and I burned a total of 536 calories on the elliptical.

I’m not trying to break the bank to do this, I’m not at a place financially that allows me to. I’m looking to do this on a budget and utilize the things around me. The free gym is definitely going to come in handy, but overall it boils down to me really committing myself to a diet/exercise based lifestyle and managing a budget.

When I went grocery shopping over the week I started looking more at the labels for the calorie value of the food that I was buying and the prices and sales going on. What should have taken me ten minutes ended up taking an hour. But, I have turkey breast, rice chips, and oatmeal (among other things) to help with my diet.

I got about a weeks worth of groceries for about $20 (most of my items were on sale for Ralph’s club card owners… whoot!). With the countdown to ThermadeX really happening… I’m preparing myself mentally and physically for what comes next.

Overall I want this to be a long term change and not a crash diet. Here’s to hopping that I’m going to make some big changes and finally fit into my jeans again. So join me in this month long adventure. I don’t know what’s going to happen… but here’s hoping for the best. Trust me, if I can do this… anyone can do it.

The struggle is real.


Tl;dr: Broke stress-eating college girl eats like crap, but wants to get thinner for summer life.

Editor’s Note: This is Christine’s intro post to her 30 day ThermadeX log. You can see PricePlow’s Supplement Logs to stay on top of Chrstine’s success, along with our other loggers. If you’d like to log a free supplement next month, contact us!

About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is a biohacker with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several "n=1" experiments done on himself.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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