Plus Up Your Gym Bag Makeover and Giveaway

Kelloggs's Fiber Plus bars

I recently participated in the Plus Up Your Gym Bag Makeover in which I was sent a gift card so that I can upgrade my gym bag. This was going to be a relatively easy upgrade, since I don’t have a gym bag to begin with. I work out at home for the most part, so it makes it really easy for me to not have to take anything with me. I was originally going to make a video about this whole fun project, but the audio was damaged.

FiberPlus Taste Test
Part of the promotion was that I had to try out the new Kellogg’s FiberPlus bars. I received a coupon to go buy a box of bars, which I did at the local Super Walmart. I chose the chocolate chip version. I let my wife try the bars out first. She didn’t like them. I tried them after a workout and thought they tasted good. It was very light and had a good amount of carbs. One of the positives of the FiberPlus bars is that they have antioxidants.

According to the Kellogg’s FiberPlus site “Many Americans aren’t getting enough fiber, whole grains, vitamins and minerals daily. With 35% of your daily fiber, 7 grams of whole grains, plus antioxidants vitamin E and zinc, these bars are a nutritious—and delicious—high-fiber treat.” Look’s like another way to combat the lack of nutrition that is rampant in America.


Plus Up MY Gym Bag
I immediately set out to upgrade my fitness tools. I have pretty much everything I need minus a few things I’ve been wanting, so this was the perfect time. The first thing I purchased was a heart rate monitor. This will let me keep track of my calorie expenditure plus my heart rate. Next I purchased a yoga mat. The days of doing yoga on a hard, cold floor are over! I also purchased a fanny pack. lol. Now I actually have a gym bag to hold my stuff. I occasionally go to the gym to hop on the elliptical or go on long walks. Now I can carry stuff with me in my “gym bag”. I also purchased a new pair of shorts. My other pair was starting to fall apart. The last thing I purchased was a Live Strong band. I try to make living strong a habit of mine.

The Giveaway!
Okay now here’s the fun part. We are giving away a $75 American Express gift card to one lucky winner. The contest is running from today until Oct 18th. The winner will be announced on Oct. 19th. To Enter:

1. Entrants may post a comment to the blog stating why they need to “Plus Up” their gym bag.
2. Entrants may send a message on (“Tweet”); comment should describe why they need to Plus Up their gym bag and include the Sponsor’s twitter handle @fatmanunleashed and hashtag “#plusup”.
3. Entrants may visit the FatManUnleashed facebook page and leave a comment as to why they need to Plus Up their gym bag.

Read the official contest rules.

About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. AngieNo Gravatar says:

    I need to Plus Up my gym bag because I don’t have one. It’s that simple really. I started doing Adkins a month ago for weight loss and have been working out outside. Biking and hiking are the main form of exercise I rely on but now that winter is fast approaching I will need to start hitting the gym at the office. No bag means I could potentially leave clothes behind at home or in the office gym. Would be great to have a place to put my workout gear!

  2. mami2jcnNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t even have a gym bag! I need one as well as some new workout pants (the ones I have are riddled with holes).

  3. Mary JenkinsNo Gravatar says:

    I need to Plus Up My gym bag because I also don’t have one! I want one of those stainless steel water bottles, and some gym cothes. And a yoga mat! I’m just giving you my whole wish list! I thought I was talking to Santa for a minute!

  4. Deanna G.No Gravatar says:

    I need to plus up my gym bag because I bought it like forever ago and it doesn’t organize my stuff very well. I need more pockets and whatnot.

  5. BradNo Gravatar says:

    I really need to Plus Up my gym bag. I have a 5 or 6 year old Wichita Wranglers gym bag that has holes worn through the bottom. The team doesn’t even exist any more. I keep my dobok (my Tae Kwon Do uniform) in it, along with some small sparring equipment. I will be testing for my Black Belt in January, and it sure would be nice to walk in with a fresh, new bag that is not an embarrassment for such a life-changing event. Whether I get the bag or not, wish me luck on the test!

  6. JenaNo Gravatar says:

    I want one!!! Because I hate the one I have now, it’s so old!!

  7. TammieNo Gravatar says:

    Oh pick me please!! I just started working out and i hate carrying my stuff in a grocery bag!!

  8. NY BooNo Gravatar says:

    I have no reason, but that I want sumthin free lol!!!

  9. DazyNo Gravatar says:

    Because I am me…

  10. Platano GirlNo Gravatar says:

    Because I’m am in love with your website..

  11. IvisNo Gravatar says:

    Ummmm… I really want one, with cherry’s on top…

  12. DianaNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t really need one, but I want one..

  13. CCNo Gravatar says:

    I am a full time employee, full time student, and full time mother of two. I have been struggling to stay fit every since a car accident back on 2008 that left me with a slipped disks in my vertebrae. I have stayed committed to the gym anyways, and I will continue to do so. Sad thing is I don’t even have a book bag for school, let alone a gym bag. If I were to be chosen as the winner for this prize, I would be forever grateful. I never win contest, but may the best man or woman win. No matter what I will keep it moving forward. By the way, I love your writing Israel..

  14. ChristianNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t compete with these people, I need it, cause I really want it!!!

  15. AmberNo Gravatar says:

    U should give one to me because I’m new to your site, and I’ll send a bunch more visitors!!!!

  16. AlmaNo Gravatar says:

    I really really want one…. 🙂

  17. ReggieNo Gravatar says:

    That would be nice, hook a brotha up!!

  18. MargaretNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Israel,

    I’m not actually writing to enter the contest, which I’m guessing is over. I just wanted to congratulate you on your blog as it takes a lot to write about one’s weight issues. Kudos to you!

    I love the fact that you’ve laid out the site with so much info for those of us who want to lose weight and improve our quality of life.

    Have you seen this video on the subject of health and food in the US?

    Thanks for sharing.


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