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CHIKE gives me the confidence to make a 2013 Protein Goal

Alright my friends. 2013 is here and I have promised myself that this will be the biggest year yet for me. I’ve made goals and resolutions. One of my big personal goals this year is to make sure that I incorporate more Protein drinks into my routine. Protein drinks are really important for me when I am exercising hard. When I start really pushing it in the gym I NEED that protein drink each day or I start feeling lethargic and fatigued.

IMG_1570Now let me tell you two the two biggest obstacles I have with this goal.

  1. I hate the taste of protein drinks.
  2. I am protein drink retarded, or spoiled, depends on how you look at it.

I have never tasted a protein powder that I could actually take out of the package, mix and drink and here is the key…. actually enjoy!  I have never successfully made a protein shake that I liked, not from a recipe, not from my own creation.

I’m two years and three months post op and the only protein shakes I have ever enjoyed the taste of are ones that my Hunnie makes for me. I’ll get handed this huge 7-11 big gulp size protein shakes that take me nearly two hours to drink and it will taste delicious and I’ll ask what is in it and it is usually a combination of: non-fat milk, ice, Splenda, some sort of fruit, and some sort of additional flavoring like a Torani Sugar Free syrup flavor. They are always amazing. Once in a while there will be a piece of sugar-free candy blended up in it as well. All things that I would think to put in a shake, but when I do it, it comes out horrible.

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Now all that said.. for me to make a resolution that i believe I can commit too, where I will actually try to drink a protein shake every day that I exercise this year I knew that I needed to be able to have a protein option that I can actually make myself. So let me introduce to you the reason that I was confident enough to make this new goal….one word. CHIKE

CHIKE has shocked me. I have used ONE brand of protein powder for nearly three years now, I’ve been doing protein shakes since early pre op. Back in the summer of 2010 when I was working towards meeting the pre-op requirements for my Gastric Bypass I ordered sample packs from most of the major protein powder companies that were out. I tried flavors and flavors and repeatedly I took a sip, wrinkled my nose and shook my head. I’d drink it to get the protein I needed in but I hated ever moment of it. When I finally realized that hey, I just hate the taste of protein, I settled in on a cheap protein powder that I could buy in mass volumes at Costco, bought two flavors, vanilla and chocolate and dressed it up with other stuff so that it was passably drinkable.

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That said I like protein shake like I like my coffee, dressed up, fancy and fun. I don’t go to Starbucks and order a regular coffee. I get a latte, steamed milk, usually flavored. I like my protein the same way. I like it mixed with milk not water, I like it dressed up and spruced up. But my base is ALWAYS vanilla or chocolate.

When CHIKE sent me a sample basket of their Protein Powders the first thing I did was roll my nose at the banana and orange flavored ones they included. I decided to use the banana first, just to get the most disgusting sounding experiment out-of-the-way. I decided to go for a little Pina Colada type thing, added some coconut meat, non-fat milk, Splenda and some Sugar Free Coconut Syrup blended it up with the Kitchen Aid Handheld Mixer I got for Christmas and … Holy cow it tasted better than the protein shakes I like to order at Jamba Juice when I’m out.

in fact it was so good that I decided to get a little bit brave and try the Chocolate flavored one on its own. Well relatively. I added a cup of non-fat milk, a cup of ice, and a tablespoon of Splenda. I whizzed it up in my Ninja and the first drink I took had this taste, the kind that you title your head to the side over and kinda go hmm, this reminds me of something, what is it. It took me three drinks before it dawned on me. It reminded me of a Wendy’s Frosty. Now I haven’t had a Wendy’s Frosty in years, I might not accurately remember what they taste like, but THAT is what it reminded me off and it was delicious. I used to get Frosty’s at Wendy’s anytime we ate there. I used to dip my french fries in them, I loved them.

8148911255_fc780b6108Now I will admit, CHIKE had already won me over. When I met Remy and Jason at the CHIKE Booth at the OAC Convention last October they really impressed me. And their Iced Coffee Protein Drink, is by far, my absolute favorite. I tasted it for the first time at the Convention and I’ve been in love ever since. If I could afford to order a daily supply I would! I could live on this one alone.

I have been searching and searching for a protein powder that I really liked. Not one that I could tolerate, but one that I would look forward too. Along comes CHIKE Iced Coffee Protein that makes me feel like I’m enjoying a Starbucks Frapachino ( something else I haven’t had in years ) and a Chocolate Protein powder that makes me feel like I’m having a fast food restaurant milk shake. And they are HEALTHY.

DSS5StarI’ll be putting in my order for a tub of CHIKE Chocolate Bliss protein just as soon as I finish making my way through the ginormous bag of chocolate protein powder I bought at Costco. But in the mean time I’m gonna order myself 15 packets of the coffee, at least I can have the good stuff once every other day until I get through the good old sandy and can do a full fledge switch over.

But CHIKE has me. I’m a new loyal fan. I can honestly say that there are a lot of things I have desperately been looking for during my weight loss surgery. I may still be desperately seeking slender, but I am no longer desperately seeking a good protein powder. I LIKE CHIKE. In fact I like CHIKE so much that i want to share my love with you. Would you like to try my favorite protein powder? CHIKE is willing to send one Desperately Seeking Slender reader the same sample pack they sent me, including the nifty CHIKE Blender Bottle! Be sure to enter the Desperately Seeking Protein Powder Giveaway that starts tomorrow!

CHIKE Protein definitely gets 5 Stars from Desperately Seeking Slender! And that says a lot coming from a woman who has disliked protein powders for nearly three years now.

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My Third Christmas Post Weight Loss Surgery

I feel like I have so many things to do and catch up on, especially in the online world, that I am starting to panic that I’m “playing” too much.

f908a804500e11e28a5622000a1fbe35_6It’s nearly 10pm on December 26th, the day after Christmas when life begins to return to “normal” and the end of the Holiday season approaches. I had a couple really rough days leading up to Christmas. Murphy’s Law got me again and I was lucky enough to manage to get the Flu for literally the first time in my adult life while trying to recover from a thigh lift. Talk about a double whammy.

I am just starting to feel human again after having the good luck of coming down with the flu for the first time in my adult life while recovering from my thigh lift, and so I decided to start playing catch up in the online universe tonight and began downloading my email. Because catching up on my email will take HOURS less than catching up on Facebook or Twitter.

2beautiful-blogger21I was nominated for The Beautiful Blogger Award by Jessica at Bariatric Beginning. I’m very honored to have been nominated for this award and I am going to accept it and do all the things that the award require that I do… but it’s going to have to wait until I have gotten caught up. Jessica, thank you so much for the nomination and the kind words that you had to say about me. Having readers like you that do stuff like this for me is the reason I keep blogging.

So we had a really nice Christmas. Christmas at my house is always a big deal even when there are only a few of us here. I think it comes from my being deprived Christmases all during my childhood, it’s my favorite time of year and we always have a really nice Christmas if there is anyway we can make that happen. This year was the first year since Heather moved in and I really wanted it to be super special for her.

Now what sucked was that I came down with the flu the Thursday before Christmas and it was bad. I’ve never had the flu before, I can say this with certainty now. But let me tell you, recovering from a reconstructive thigh lift and getting the flu on top of it, where your entire body is suddenly achy, it is about as high on my to do list as jumping off the top of a ten story building. Now add-on to that running a 102 fever, going from hot to cold, oh but the best, the best was when the shivers set in, and suddenly my whole body, slit up, stitched up thighs and all were trembling uncontrollably, which causes all your achy muscles to tighten, and… yeah let’s just say that if you ever have the option to NOT get the flu while recovering from a thigh lift, take it.

After a visit to my PCP and my Surgeon on the 21st which would be 3 weeks and 2 days Post Op she said that there was still a bit of swelling, she took the drain out of my left side but left the right side in and said that there was a little redness that COULD be the start of an infection, so she put me on another weeks worth of antibiotics just to be certain and I’m due to see her again in a couple of days. With the flu kicking my butt I pretty much slept from Friday to Christmas without really noticing the time passing by.

By Christmas Eve, thankfully, the worst of the flu had passed. We had a great time opening presents and my loot included …

 

2072231c500e11e29bac22000a9f13d0_6Games:

  • Guild Wars 2 ( PC ) – This game will keep me busy for the better part of  year+ once I start playing it. I played the first one for nearly two years before I got bored with it.
  • Rise of the Guardians ( Wii )
  • Skylander Giants ( Wii ) ( I got lots of little figures too! )
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 ( Wii )

 

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Fun Stuff:

  • A Tinkerbell mouth rinse up for the bathroom 🙂 – I love Tinkerbell
  • Warm & Cozy Microwaveable aroma therapy stuffed animal and scarf. – A cute way to stay warm when you find yourself freezing after weight loss surgery!
  • Plantronics Bluetooth Earbuds – They let you listen to music, take calls, hear all your running app stuff and NOT get your arms tangled on cords. I’ll be writing a review!
  • Pandora Jewelry – I got one new charm and two new clips for my Pandora bracelets.
  • Oval Jewelry Box – I’ve had little wood square jewelry box for about 9 years, now I have a pretty oval, 5 drawer, side opening fancy, grown up jewelry box!

ddd0142e500d11e29e9622000a9f09f1_6Clothes:

  • Warn Cozy Jammies – I got three pairs of fleece ones and one really nice pair of like super warm gray ones where the top is a jacket! I’ve had one pair of warm PJs since I lost weight and those were last years Christmas Jammies and were a size 1X. These were all women’s size medium and large 🙂
  • Running Wear – I got some fitness wear two shirts, two 2nd layer hoodies and one pair of Capri pants to match them all and a purple heavier sweatshirt, all ventilated, all great for running! I can’t wait to try them out when they let me back on the pavement. Oh I also got my FIRST ever running tank top! It goes with all the other stuff color wise, but I’ve never worn a tank top to exercise before. ( remember I’ve spent a year doing plastics ) so this was an exciting first for me!967a6f60500e11e2ae8022000a9e2946_6
  • Scarfs – I got two really nice scarves, one black with stars and one sort of multi colored one. I am sure you will see them in lots of pictures to come!
  • Speedo Bathing Suit – Well I said I would go back to swimming at the gym after I got my thighs done and now I’m gonna be held to it. my new size 8 speedo bath suit sort of demands I live up to that promise. So soon a the doc says I can exercise in a public pool again, I’m there.
  • Robe – So I haven’t bought a new robe since I lost weight. My robe currently is the green one I was wearing after my gastric bypass at the hospital. It will be retired now, because I got a gorgeous black and leopard print warm fuzzy new robe under the tree!
  • Socks – Socks are a Christmas tradition in my family. One of the only two that I can clearly remember before my Mother decided that we were going to become Jehovah Witnesses when I was 5 and I never got Christmas again until I was an adult. Socks, you always get socks for Christmas, socks and an orange in your stocking.

I’m feeling a lot better these days, mostly sitting in the recliner, keeping my legs elevated and trying to get the swelling in my thighs to go down. I haven’t felt up to going back to work yet, and that only drains more and more out of our savings each week I am out, so I’m eager to get back, for now, I’m resting, like they keep telling me that I should, drifting in and out of consciousness and letting my body heal. As I finally finish this blog it’s nearly 3am and I’ve been dozing in and out, writing in between naps in those brief moments when I’m awake and watching HJ play Zombie U .. Go team not corpses.

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