Serious Nutrition Solutions (SNS)Log
Hey there! I'm a 23 year old Pre-Nursing student in the process of completing what is left of my requirements before starting the RN program. My current intentions are to specialize in Anesthesiology as a Nurse Anesthetist. I have been accepted to Barry University and will begin in Spring 2012. Until then, I am finishing what I have left which are:
- Anatomy/Physiology I
- Anatomy/Physiology II
I'm currently taking Anatomy/Physiology I with the lab which involves vast amounts of memorization and requires extensive library sessions reading a multitude of detailed information regarding human anatomical structures and functions. Each chapter of my A&P book entails roughly 30-40 pages of images, charts, and detailed explanations--sometimes the chapters are 60+ pages. In addition, each exam is based on [at least] three chapters worth of information. The Power Point slides for my lectures are 100+ slides for EACH chapter. Go ahead and do the math if you'd like but do not dare ask me how I've gotten by. Thus far, discipline and average time management skills have gotten me to where I'm at. I currently hold an A average in the class and if I maintain that A until finals come, I don't have to take the final.
I recently had an exam in my lab where I was directed to different models of structures such as the skull, the animal cell, the rib cage, the spine and various other models and instructed to name the structure(s) and/or their function. We were given 1 minute at each station to complete 3-4 questions containing a model and there were 24 stations. There ended up being 56 questions and the professor did not even give us a hint as to what we would be tested on or what we should focus on. He just told us we needed to "study everything".
I think it's evident why I'm psyched to have been given the opportunity to log a product like SNS Focus XT!
I am very adamant about maintaining a healthy sleep schedule (7-9 hrs/night). I do my best to avoid stimulants past 5-6pm and am usually in bed by 10-11:30 the latest to be up @ 7:00AM every morning. However, lately it has taken me a little more to roll out of bed (about 40 min. more). Weekends I sleep in 1-2 hrs more but I tend to stay out a little later than I normally would during the work week. I rarely make it home past 1:00AM and I have recently lost total interest in smoking pot and drinking alcohol--at least the interest I had in the past. I think it's called growing up LOL. Nothing against the AM crowd who likes to enjoy a drink and a doobie every now and then though!
I have grown accustomed to studying with classical music as I've noticed I respond very well to it. It's not just classical music I respond well to: basically any sort of calm, relaxing music adds a complimentary atmosphere for me to study to. Some people don't like studying with music and some do but they listen to totally different music (rock, rap, electronic, etc.). I find classical music allows me to concentrate and keeps me at a steady pace of processing as I cover my material. Pandora has definitely been a studying supplement for me to really get things done the past 6 weeks!
Up until now I've been doing alright and I've been able to make out pretty well but it's time to take things to another level. I think my turning point was when I realized I didn't remember how old I was, (hint: first thing mentioned in my post) and at my age, that's completely unacceptable.
Age: 23 (turning in September)
Prescriptions/Recreational Drugs: N/A
Training : Rippetoe's Starting Strength Program
Current Logs/Reviews (with links): Check out my log on KKF Kava paste if you'd like! (link will be provided soon)
Primaforce -1-1.5g, 1-3x ED
Primaforce - taken with Piracetam at equal amount
Carlson's Liquid Orange - 3 tsp (2400mg EPA/1500mg DHA)
Lion's Mane -500mg 2x/day
Shaklee Vita-Lea High Potency Complete Multivitamin/mineral - 3 tabs ED (2 w/breakfast; 1 w/lunch or dinner)
Shaklee Vita-C (Sustained Release) - 1g 2-3x/ED
Source Naturals L- tabs - 200mg w/ every serving of caffeine (i.e. SNS FXT)
Previous Nootropic/Stimulant Experience: Aside from what I am currently taking, I have supplemented with the majority of the ingredients included in Focus XT's nutritional profile with the exception of Choline Bitartrate & --the latter being something I have been fondly interested in experimenting with. I have taken a variety of pre-workouts formulas in the past including Jack3d, , Code Red, and many more. I've also taken Adderall (7.5mg is the most I need) in the past but I try to stay away from amphetamines as the side effects are usually unpleasant. I am highly in-tuned with my body's responses. I am also concisely observational and detail-oriented.
How often I plan to use Focus XT I intend to supplement several times a week. I engage in plenty of extensive periods of homework and studying so there will be a multitude of opportunities to put this product to the test and see what it can deliver.
Without further delay, time to let the FXT Feeding begin and see where we can go from here!
First thing I did when I received my tub (aside from opening it) was lick the powder of the seal. Not bad. I immediately noticed the formula contained 200mg /caffeine. Seeing as I'm a fairly stim-sensitive person, I take 100mg of caffeine on an empty stomach and that's arguably exceeding my limit (and what many others generally require for cognitive enhancement). I always take any caffeine with 200mg L-Theanine to negate caffeine's temperment (i.e. jitters and other unpleasant side effects) so I decided I was gonna go ahead and use the same when supplementing w/ FXT.
At about 1:30pm I consumed a fairly large large meal consisting of about 1 cup of brown rice, 1 can of tuna, and a bowl of cottage cheese w/cinnamon + a glass of soy milk (vanilla Silk). I felt the bestwas going to take my first serving of FXT after my meal. Taking caffeine with a meal has helped me to cope with large amounts of caffeine intakes in the past w/o the undesireable side effects so I took my first [full] serving of FXT about 20 min. after finishing my meal w/ 1g Piracetam (Reps: inquiry regarding this below).
Taste: 9/10 - Very delectable flavor similar to cotton candy and it washes down my meal nicely.
Mixability: 6.5/10 - (sigh) Not the best. Not the worst. If I'm consuming a serving in one shot then there is no need for me to be constantly remixing. However, this does not hold true for long study sessions, as there is always a constant precipice accumlated at the bottom of the shaker. However, this can be resolved by giving it a few good shakes when you're gonna sip some.
Is it going to ruin my day though? Nah.
Effects: I had to pay a visit to my current school's faculty to resolve a current matter regarding my schedule @2:30pm but the effects set in within 10 min. and became increasingly noticeable as time passed. This tends to happen to me with everything I consume as I seem to metabolize everything very quickly. I noticed an acute enhancement in sound perception, vision perception and cognitive function. Regarding the cognitive enhancment portion of the experienced effects, the main ones which stood out to me were the emotional equilibrium achieved and the general thought-formation process during the 'buzz'. I found myself slight overstimulated than I'm comfortable with and when this occurs, it results in my thought conduction becoming much swifter--swifter than my speech production. Not sure if I'm describing this accurately but in a nutshell, I'm speaking before I've fully articulated what I've decided I'm going to be saying. Therefore, I may repeat what I say but in different terms--however--not significantly noticeable to the party I'm addressing/conversing with. It took me about an hour to level out and 45 min. after that I returned home to begin my lifting session (which I will cover in full with my next log entry.
This log entry is focusing mainly on the impacts the effects instill on lifting experience while experiencing the FXT 'buzz'. I must say this is an entirely different beast. The following is a summary of my last two training sessions (today's and Wednesday's) combined.
Honestly (as always), I was not expecting the sort of synergy I experienced when I lifted. I highly suggest anyone & everyone try this for at least two workout sessions--preferably two sessions where the workouts are not alike. The physiological responses induced by weight lifting combined with those delivered from a serving (half or full) of FXT is dynamic:
- Focus & Concentration
- Increased Drive &Levels
- Increased Power Production & Strength Output
- Mood Elevation
- Swifter Recovery Between Sets
- Stronger Mind-Muscle Connection
First training session was done approximately 1:45 hours after consuming a full serving and that evolved into a fantastic workout. The second workout was equally productive and I used a 50% less (1/2 scoop) amount of FXT. Although the intensity was noticeably different b/w one workout and the other, they were both wielded impressive results with regards to overall workout quality.
It is also important to note I have experienced no adverse reactions at this point from the synthetic flavoring/sugar/dye systems integrated into the FXT formula.
- Prior to Focus XT, I was supplementing with Vinpocetine at 20mg/ED. Is it an error on my part to think the amount in Focus XT is enough to compliment an additional 20mg dose?
- Does Choline Bitartrate possess any advantage over Choline Citrate? (I will probably end up supplementing CC solely on occasions where I'm taking Piracetam but not FXT)
- Which SNS forum was it that was being requested logs be posted in as a bonus? As promised in my application, I would like to post my log up there as well. (Is it the private forum here on AM or one outside of AM?)