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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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Christmas Shopping for the Post Weight Loss Fitness Junkie

So I need a break from all the seriousness that has been going on in life recently and need to take some time to just be fun and light-hearted. with that in mind I decided to do a life after WLS, Post Gastric Bypass, Healthy Lifestyle Christmas list and share it with all of you.

Actually let me translate. I’m making this list so that you can forward it to your husbands, family members and friends so that you don’t end up getting plus size clothing and stockings full of candy you can’t eat for Christmas.

Ipad/Iphone/Ipod – Whichever it is that best suits the person you are shopping for, you can never go wrong with any of these. I was given an iPhone 5 for my birthday this year and a MacBook Air as my two-year surgiversary present and I can honestly say both are the most used items in my world right now. If you’re looking for something for someone in this price range you can never go wrong with electronics. One of my all time favorite presents to date was the underwater MP3 player I got the Christmas that I was so into swimming.

Exercise Gear  – I think that gifts that encourage fitness and outdoor activity are a great. If I had room for it in the apartment I’d be asking for Treadmills, Ellipticals and building a home gym every Christmas and birthday. Right now, if I had my choice of any fancy present under the tree I think I’d pick a regular bike. But if you are shopping for a person that is about fitness and exercise and you want a spectacular present, figure what they might want, trampoline, bike, canoe, or maybe even a set of dumbbells and a no-rope jump rope.

Fitness Monitor – This is another thing I would LOVE to see under my tree this year. There are several different types of them out there, the one that I am the most interested in is the Nike Fuelband. It calculates your food intake, calories burned, and lots more. But if you have someone in your life that is really into fitness and exercise, this is a great gift idea.

Home Fitness Fun – Depending on who you are buying for and what they have already, this can be anything from a new Wii U, or other game console, a TV to add to the room to play an existing game console in, a fitness bundle pack like the Wii Fit or just a new game for whatever console the person you are shopping for plays. These are all great gift ideas. I LOVE my Wii Fit, I don’t use is nearly as much as I should. But the Wii U and the Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 game are high on my christmas list.

Gift Certificates – I know a lot of people think they are impersonal. Me, I think they are a free pass to go spend the day shopping trying on a bunch of stuff I could never wear before. I love it. I think it is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give post weight loss patient. I can tell you that there are two things I never get tired of doing right now, trying on clothes in places I could never shop in before, and buying things in places I could never shop in before. Depending on the style of the person you are shopping for, get them a gift certificate to a store you think they might like or one you know is their favorite. Some of my biggest non scale victories have been shopping in a store like Victoria Secret for the first time. So to me, a gift certificate under my tree gives me a triple treat; a present on christmas when I open it and a present the day I get to go shopping get the experience of buying that amazing new outfit and the gift of wearing it for the first time. It’s a three-in-one present!

Romantic Appeal – Alright ladies and gentlemen, let’s be honest, what I consider a romantic and sexy present has changed a little. So here is my suggest for anyone shopping for a post weight loss patient this Christmas. Go to our dresser, look at what size bra and panties we wear and go to the store and try to pick out something in that size that you like and you think we’d like too. Now don’t underestimate the need to buy me some warm cozy jammies, but throw a sexy pair of bra and panties in there so it doesn’t scream we’ve been together for too long. And Ladies, don’t underestimate the value of sexy boxer shorts or mens underwear either.

The Gift of Tea – Tea is one of my co-addictions after I had to give up food. You can give someone a nice package of teas, a nice tea-cup, or even a nice handheld frother for making lattes at home. You can get fancier with tea sets, tea makers, tea collections and what not. But no matter what the Gift of Tea is a gift of healthy antioxidants and a great recipe for anti-stress. I also find tea is one of those things that will make me stop and take time for me. Plus its a low-calorie alternative to eating. \o/

Dear Santa,

I know that I should probably just give up now and be content to buy my own presents. I can’t claim to have been extra nice or even naughty enough to deserve presents. But in the off case that you want to stop off in my house for non-fat milk and sugar-free cookies so that you don’t end up ruining your diet or shooting up your blood sugar… here is what I’d like you to bring.

  • Ipad Mini
  • Bike
  • NikeFuel Band
  • Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone/iPod
  • Shape Your Fitness Evolved 2013 for the Wii U
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Hand Held Battery Operated Milk Frother
  • Green Matcha Tea Powder
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Coconut Anything!

So my WLS Fitness Friends… what is on YOUR Christmas List?

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