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Protein.

It’s the first thing we learn about when it comes to nutrition in our post-operative bariatric surgery lifestyle.

I really wish that I was the sort of bariatric surgery patient that possess the kitchen savviness that has me creating protein shakes so yummy you’d think you had just hit the Tropical Smoothie Café or Smoothie King drive-through, but alas I am not. That sort of play with your food creativity is what lead me to follow blogs like Bariatric Foodie and The World According to Eggface.

Me, I am the exactly opposite. My protein shakes are a matter of fact, matter of convenience type thing. I typically put 1-2 scoops of protein powder in a blender bottle add 8-16 oz. of almond milk, and off I go. It’s not pretty, in truth it’s not even tasty, but it does the job and it gets me the 15-30 grams of protein that I need to add to my day.

The problem I run into is that I am always on the run. Literally. I’m either rushing to the studio for an appointment with a client, rushing out the door to walk the dog, or rushing out the door to squeeze that run in. Which presents an obvious problem for me, I don’t always have almond milk and a couple scoops of protein powder sitting around for me to mix up that shake when I need it.

BariLife Protein Supplements As a weight loss coach and personal trainer one of my jobs is to help my clients recognize their obstacles and find solutions to them that allow them to get past them so that obstacles do not become barriers. I try very hard to practice what I preach in this regard. Which is exactly where the Protein Drink Bottles from BariLife come into play for me.

With these handy-dandy protein bottles, I don’t have to worry about being creative with my protein shake. I don’t have to worry about having something on hand to mix my protein shake with. I just grab a bottle, add some water to the fill line, shake, and instantly I have a great tasting protein shake that offers me 15 grams of protein.

I keep bottles of the Bari Life Protein Bottle shakes in my gym bag, at the studio I work at, I even keep one in the glove compartment of my car. This is my way of making sure that no matter where I am I can mix up a great tasting protein drink any time I need to.

If you happen to be traveling, they are wonderful for throwing in the suitcase or carry-on and having on hand to mix up on the plane or first thing in the morning. Plus, since you can just throw the bottles away when you are done using them, there is extra room in your bags to bring back from your travel destination when you’re done. This is my game plan for getting my morning protein shake in during my upcoming Paris trip next month!

BariLife Cappuccino Protein DrinkThe BariLife Protein Bottle drinks come in several great flavors including chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla, strawberry, kiwi strawberry, pineapple orange. My absolute favorite is the cappuccino, because with this one I get all the taste of a sweet coffee treat without all the unneeded calories that those yummy coffee store drinks add to my day.

From a nutrition standpoint the BariLife Protein Drink Bottles offer up 15 grams of protein for 80 calories. That meets and exceeds the 10:1 calorie versus protein ratio that I look for when selecting protein-based products to help me meet my protein goals for the day.

BariLife Chocolate Protein DrinkBeing a bit of a caffeine junkie here’s a little Pandora Pro-tip for you. If you don’t have time to finish that pot of coffee you brewed this morning. Pour the last few cups in a to-go container, put it in your fridge and add that to the chocolate flavored BariLife Protein Bottle instead of water and you’ve got another sweet coffee treat that is reminiscent of a café mocha with half the calories and twice the protein!

Being a Nutrition Rock-star is an important element of being an Obesity Rebel. A Nutrition Rock-star is someone who knows that the key to making healthy food choices is to make sure that you always have healthy food on hand to choose from. Rock-stars are usually on the go, so it’s always important to make sure that you’ve got healthy nutrition choices that can be on the go with you. I call this “Taking your food on tour.”

I use the BariLife Protein bottles to help me insure that I am living the best version of #MyBariLife. If you want to use these delicious protein bottles to make sure that you are living the best version of #YourBariLife, then head on over to the BariLife website and place an order today.

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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.

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An Inspirational Internet Muse…

I need to start blogging again, why I haven’t been is irrelevant at this point, well not completely, but it is stuff I need to put behind me and get back to what I need to do. Shelly over at The World According to Eggface as usual found a way to motivate me without even realizing it! Another super snazzy give away and an extra chance to win if I blog about her contest, amazing that is all it took to get me to write here again eh?

I’m a big Fan of Celebrate Vitamins, and since it is all stuff I use anyways, getting a free package of vitamins could be a little extra money in the savings account towards the skin surgery I’m looking at come the first part of next year, hey every little bit helps. I’ve linked to Shelly’s site for ages, if you ask me she is hands down on of the most inspirational bloggers in the WLS community online. And she actually responds to stuff you write to her and say to her which is more than I can say for a lot of WLS Bloggers and Community “Leaders” I won’t mention by name.

So rather than talking about why I haven’t been posting, which I am sure I will at some point or another I just need to be in the right mood and the right frame of mind.  So, first we’re going to start back with the basics, today the basics are … head over to The World According to Eggface and enter Shelly’s Celebrate Vitamin give away contest!

As for where I am and how I am doing, I’m currently at 201lbs and trying to chase that infamous “Onderland” before my 12 month anniversary on October 19th – that’s my next goal. I met with the skin removal surgeon back in July and will see him again in January to reassess where I am and see where we think I need to be before we progress with body reconstruction surgery.  How I’m going to finance all that is absolutely beyond comprehension right now, and a huge stress factor in my life.

To add insult to injury I am still struggling to quit smoking again. I quite for 6 months prior to surgery and three months after, but my life since January has been one knockdown after another and having loss food as a coping mechanism I picked those cigarettes back up in a jiffy and now, it’s even harder to quit because I don’t have Chantix on my side.  For those wondering why, let me just say that taking Chantix after Gastric Bypass, was for me, worse than dumping syndrome. It caused me excruciating pain and discomfort and nausea for about 45 minutes after taking it, made me feel horrible and didn’t seem to work AT ALL. I’ve tried the patch, can’t chew gum, and yet again I have to quit to be eligible for both the skin removal surgery and the dental implant surgery that I want to get done…  the term “FML” comes to mind though I will be PC and not actually say it aloud, or in text.

I’m exercising. I’m still addicted to it, though I’ve had a lot of time “Off” dealing with what life has handed me in the last 10 months. For those that don’t know my Father had a stroke in January just a couple months after my surgery, and he was a HUGE, HUGE part of my reasons for deciding to change my life. I spent 3 months in California from January to March, with very little time in the Gym as I dealt with personal family issues and tried to make sure that what time my Father had left was the best I could make it. That time off, and all the changes going on in my life, sort of messed with my head a bit, I’ve got a lot to share with you are as far as co-addiction, addiction transferal and a lot to share with you about this overwhelming feeling of failure I experienced when my Father passed away before I could reach my goal weight, but that’s all for another time, when I can write about it all with the detail it deserves and not feel like I’m opening fresh wounds too early.

I plan on updating the Timeline and Weight Track Monitor in the next couple of days, and you all should see some more regular posts from me again.  I’ve got some other great stuff to tell you all about, but a little at a time to start so this doesn’t end up triggering me into an emotional roller coaster I’m not ready for.

Thanks Shelly, for getting me to write again, sometimes a little inspiration and an internet muse is all it takes, wish you lived closer, I’d love to take you out for a skinny latte!

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Author: Pandora Williams

Author of Desperately Seeking Slender

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