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How This Obesity Rebel Solves Her Vitamin Compliancy Issues

With Summer quickly approaching, it’s time to take a break from my recent blog series “Sex Love and Obesity” and talk about something that this Obesity Rebel just really thinks you need to know exists.

Vitamins delivered in the form of Watermelon goodness.

Let me tell you something about me. My name is Pandora, I’m an RNY Gastric bypass patient and while I am supposed to take my vitamins on a regular basis to avoid malnutrition issues, I don’t.

Why? Because I don’t like taking pills. It’s not just vitamins, it’s anything that comes in pill form. It takes a ridiculous amount of pain to get me to take pain pills doctors prescribe to me after surgery. I’m that person who never finishes a prescription for antibiotics after I start to feel better. It takes a headache that would lay King Kong down to get me to reach for a bottle of Tylenol.

My genuine dislike for all things in pill form have made vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery a continual struggle for me.

Until last year when BariLife came out with their Lemonade Multivitamin Powder.

I know what you are thinking. “Oh, BariLife is sending her to Paris and now she is talking up their products.”

Ok. I’m honest, there is some validity to that, I’m not going to lie. But BariLife wasn’t sending me to Paris last May when this product came out and I started using it.

I started using it because knowing I have vitamin compliancy issues from working with me in the past, they sent me a sample to try, and I kept using it because it has been a way for this non-pill taking post-operative patient to take her vitamins!

I know, I know, there are chewable vitamins and there are gummies.

Here’s my issue with those: Most chewable vitamins taste like vitamins, taste like chalk or taste like, what I imagine, based on his breath and the fact that he is constantly licking himself, a dog’s derriere. The Gummies add calories to my day that I’m not willing to spend on vitamins that taste like candy.

While vitamin compliancy after weight loss surgery has been an issue for me. I do drink my water daily.  In fact, I drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. But, I don’t LOVE plain water. I often use sugar-free drink additives like crystal light and those cool little bottles of fruity goodness that let you add a few drops to make your water taste like anything you want. My favorite just happens to be the watermelon lemonade flavor.

Earlier this month BariLife sent me a sample of the new Watermelon Multivitamin Powder – and let me just say, this watermelon-lemonade loving Pandora is in heaven.

On their own, both the Lemonade and the Watermelon multivitamin powders are amazing products and a great way for someone like me that has issues with pills, chewables or gummies to get their vitamins in. They both have a great flavor, and you really do not taste the vitamins in your drink at all when you use them.

But if you asked me, the “Holy Rusted Metal Batman!”, POW!” comes from mixing them both together.

Each product calls for 2 scoops of powder per day. You’re supposed to use one scoop at a time twice a day. But, I take a half a scoop of each, put it in a blender bottle with ice cubes, shake it up and mix them together. Then I’ve got a Watermelon Lemonade flavored drink that I’d gladly sip on any hot summer day. This little concoction of mine has me taking my vitamins without even trying because I enjoy drinking it so much!

If you haven’t tried the Multivitamin Powders from BariLife yet, you can find them here.

BariLife Lemonade Multivitamin Powder

BariLife – Multivitamin Powder – Lemonade

BariLife Watermelon Multivitamin Powered

BariLife – Multivitamin Powered – Watermelon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Cooper Institute Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies. Her training and coaching services are offered exclusively through GoGirl Fitness Studio.

Make #YourBariLife the best it can be.

Visit the BariLife Website for all your Protein and Vitamin Needs!

 

Au Revoir Slender Seekers

So it’s mid-September. Half Marathon season has officially begun and I have completed two of the eleven half marathons that I have scheduled for this season.

One might think that with the experience of having over thirty half marathons under my belt I wouldn’t get nervous about running a half marathon anymore. But if you made that assumption you’d be dead wrong.

Let me tell you why…

unnamed-5When you run as much as I do, you run higher risks of overuse injuries. Anytime you exercise there is a chance that you might get hurt. That doesn’t stop us from doing it because usually the risk of injury is far outweighed by the benefits of exercise, but sometimes that’s not the case. It’s rare – but it does happen.

I have been running for just over four years now. Each year I have run more than the year before. I love to run. Around this time last year, I started dealing with an overuse injury – Achilles tendinitis (chronic inflammation of the Achilles tendon) which for me is caused by excessive overpronation and the ankles rolling in constantly trying to correct it. As a result calcium deposits forming extra bones on the backs of my heels which rub against the Achilles tendon make it very sore and very angry on pretty much a regular basis.

The treatment for it, as prescribed by my foot and ankle specialist, has included warming up the tendons correctly before each run, icing the tendons after each run, daily stretches, an air splint that aims to help stretch the tendon to control the pain and making sure that I have slight heel lifts in my shoes.

This was all working great! And then… I got new shoes.

I got new shoes. That has to be one of the scariest words for an avid runner who is successfully coping with a chronic foot problem. The slightest change in your foot strike, foot fall or stride can be the difference between successfully coping or sitting on the bench.

I didn’t want new shoes. I’d run in the same shoes for the rest of my running career if they lasted that long. But shoes wear out, and unfortunately, shoes change. Like every year. I’ll never understand why they can’t leave the design of a shoe the same for more than a year, but apparently new technology is always better… except when it’s not.

So now here I am, just a day away from getting on a plane to Paris where I am participating in the RunDisney Inaugural Disneyland® Paris – Val d’Europe Half Marathon Weekend and as I pack my suitcase my biggest debacle is…

Do I wear my old running shoes that are worn out and make my feet hurt?

Do I wear the new version of my old running shoes that make my feet hurt?

Do I wear the new completely different style running shoe that I just got to try to stop my feet from hurting as much as they have lately?

Because there doesn’t seem to be a good answer right now.

So here is what I am going to do… 

unnamed-3I am going to keep doing everything that I have been doing and this coming Sunday, the morning of the race, I am going to make the decision I think is the lesser of all evils and the most likely to make sure that I make it across the finish line.

In other words. I am going to put all three of those shoes in my suitcase, not stress out about trying to make up my mind right now, and instead focus on getting the rest of my suitcase packed for Paris.

Because I am going to Paris! In less than 24 hours I will be on a plane heading to Paris, France to run my first international half marathon!

unnamed-2I’ve got clothes to pack! My event day running shirt just arrived from my sponsor BariLife Vitamins today and have to decide what I am going to wear with it! I have to get all my running gear together and make sure that it is all packed in my carry on bag just in case something happens to my suitcase.

I’ve got snacks to pack! I’ve got stuff to organize! The last thing I need right now is stressing out about shoes…. Right?

unnamed-1Yup. But I am stressing out about shoes and I will tell you why… because I am traveling all the way to Paris to run this half marathon and to bring home the Castle to Chateau medal that comes along with completing a half marathon at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. They key word there is completing.

I have never not finished a half I started, and although I know that mentally I could handle not being able to finish, I’m just not sure I can handle it on this particular event. I know I would be very disappointed. Not disappointed in myself, just disappointed in general.

But there is nothing I can do to change this right now. All I can do is put all three pairs of shoes in this suitcase and hope that come Sunday morning, no matter what shoes I have on at the start line, adrenaline, determination (and some pixie dust!) get me to the finish line.

I can guarantee you one thing… you’ll definitely be seeing some really cool photos from the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon course. You’ll be seeing mile marker selfies and smiles as I run through the happiest place on earth in France!

I’m excited. I’m a Disney Fanatic! I’ve been to Disneyland hundreds and hundreds of times, I’ve ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon for the last three years. I’ve been to Walt Disney World four times now since I started running. But this is my first time at Disneyland Paris and I am super excited to take in this new-to-me Disney Park!

I’m about to embark on a brand new NSV ( Non Scale Victory ) for me! 

Six years ago when I started this journey getting on a plane, traveling to another country, walking around a theme park, riding rides and running thirteen miles would have all been a physical impossibility for me. At 420 lb., with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and severe edema, this trip would never have even been a consideration for me! But thanks to my choice to take back my life from obesity, my choice to have bariatric surgery and my successful weight maintenance this is all possible.

unnamedAnd even though this running shoe debacle has me thinking that I need to rename my blog Desperately Seeking Comfortable Running Shoes or Desperately Seeking Sanity, what I need to remember is that, in the big scheme of things, this shoe stress and tendinitis travesty is really a very small thing to have to worry about and there are much bigger things to be celebrating.

So with that said. It is time for me to grab my passport, pack my big girl panties in my suitcase and put a little faith in myself and my journey and say Au Revoir Slender Seekers! The next time we talk I will be telling you all about how amazing Paris was and showing you what a Castle to Chateau medal looks like around this WLS Runner’s neck!

Have you been following my guest blogs on the Bari Life website? If not you can check them out here.

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Pandora Williams author of Desperately Seeking Slender is a  Cooper Approved Wellness Coach Trained in Weight Management Strategies and Motivational Speaker studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

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