Monday, January 25, 2016

SlimFast VoxBox Review

I was fortunate enough to receive a SlimFast VoxBox from Influenster. I had to wait a little while to test out all of the products due to my strict diet, but I was finally able to open the box and trial the products to give them an honest review.

The box contained four products, which surprised me. When I think of SlimFast, I think of meal replacement shakes. I didn't realize they had other great products! The VoxBox included: 

1 - Vanilla Creme Protein Shake
1 - 100 Calorie Snack: Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps
1 - 100 Calorie Cinnamon Swirl crisps
1 - Slim Fast Dark Chocolate Meal Replacement Bar

The first two products I trailed were the 100 calorie snacks. However, since I am on such a strict diet, I only tried a couple of pieces from each bag. Unfortunately, these two products have too many carbs for me to enjoy them fully!

The Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps were actually pretty good. They were nice and crispy, dissolved quickly in your mouth and left a nice flavor of sour cream & onion on my tongue. Before surgery, I could definitely see myself enjoy these as a snack. The nutritional facts are as follows:

Calories: 100
Total Fat: 2.5g
Total Carbs: 19g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 2g

Sadly, not enough protein and too many carbs for this chick. I would have loved to finish the 1oz serving though!

A close up look at the baked crisps

Getting silly with the bag of chips...

The second product I tried were the cinnamon swirl crisps. Perhaps, because I haven't been allowed anything sweet in a long time, but this bag was harder to put down than the first!! They were nice and crispy, dissolved in my mouth and left a delicious cinnamon taste on my tongue. Seriously, a yummy 100 calorie snack. Nutrition facts:

Calories: 100
Total Fat: 3g
Total Carbs: 20g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 3g

Unfortunately, the carbs and sugars killed this one for me. Again, too many for this chick to consume so only a couple of bites and I was down. However, I would recommend this snack to people. Super yummy.
If only I could eat you delicious things... 
Close up view of the cinnamon swirl crisps - yum!
The third item I tried was the Vanilla Cream protein shake. Overall, the shake was good. It had a nice sweet taste and it didn't leave the gross after taste that most protein shake tend to leave. In general, I don't tend to enjoy vanilla shakes because they are too sweet tasting and this one is similar. I can drink it a little bit at a time, but I can't drink a whole shake in one sitting. 

Calories: 180
Total Fat: 9g
Total Carbs: 6g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 20g

The fourth product I received was a protein bar...which I have been too afraid to try. With my new pouch, I was sure I would be able to digest this one so unfortunately, I can not give an honest review of this product. Plus the carb content was way too high for me right now and the protein too low.

Calories: 190
Total Fat: 10g
Total Carbs: 20g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 10g

Vanilla Cream Shake and SlimFast Dark Chocolate Sea Salt protein bar
Overall, I feel SlimFast has developed some strong products for those looking to cut calories. For a bariatric patient, most of the products won't work but that isn't unusual. 

Disclaimer: I received these products free from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this post.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Post-Op: Week 5 update

Well, it's been 5 weeks since I had the gastric bypass surgery. As I have stated before, it has truly been a learning experience. When the dietician tells you before surgery that it will be hard to get in 60 grams of protein AND 64 ounces of water, she wasn't lying. However, when you stomach is a giant stretched out football, the prospect of eating protein and drinking water doesn't seem all that difficult because your able to fit in 60 grams of protein, 64 ounces of water and other greasy, sugary foods as well.

After surgery, however, this is a tough task. I am lucky to get in the protein and water. I feel uncomfortably full after about 1/4-1/2 cup of food. And water, I can only sip, which means I have to sip all day long. Plus, the biggest struggle -  I have to stop drinking 30-60 minutes before meals and 30-60 after meals.

The struggle is real. 

I think what has been the most amazing thing is how much I can eat. Or how little, rather...It's very different because my head still wants to finish that meal. When I feel full I have little "tells"...I either get chest pain, hiccup or my nose starts to run. If one of these 3 things happens, I have to tell myself to stop. Otherwise, food can get stuck. I also have to chew everything into a paste consistency...or food will get stuck. I also have to eat SLOW. I have had a couple of meals now, where I ate too fast and it caused extreme discomfort and I threw up. 

Below, are some examples of how much I can eat...before surgery, I could eat everything on my plate and then some. 

I have not had caffeine or sweets since November 28th. I have not had any fast food in weeks. The control I feel right now feels good, and I hope as I continue on this journey, that I remember this feeling.

Back to work next week and time to start exercising!

Surgery 12/8/2015
Highest weight (HW): 310 lbs
Surgery Weight (SW): 290 lbs
Current Weight (CW): 265.5 lbs
Goal Weight (GW): 175 lbs (first goal)
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Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Reflection

2016. Where the hell did 2015 go?! I know it's four days in, however, I never did write an obligatory "New Years Eve Post". Overall, 2015 was a good year. 

2015 brought many challenges, emotional decisions and a lot of fun. I never thought at the beginning of the year that I would make the decision to have weight loss surgery. At the beginning of the year, I was planning for my husband to start his nursing clinicals and I was entering my final year of my master's program. I was also preparing to go to Florida to spend time with my aunt, brother and husband and the Detroit Tigers (spring training!!!!). 

2015 took me to Phoenix, Arizona for a geriatric trauma conference. I climbed into a "Hole in Rock" while at my highest weight of 310 pounds. It makes me now wonder, what can I do, once I have lost weight? Only time will tell. At the conference I got to spend time with a great friend. It was a work trip, but it was fun!

2015 also took me to Florida. Wisconsin (another work trip, also a great time with some great people!). The upper peninsula for a fun getaway with my husband. We got to spend an awesome night in the Grand Hotel, a once in a lifetime experience!

2015 taught me a lot about myself, nutrition, and becoming healthier. I kicked my 15 year habit of drinking Diet Coke. I had my first major surgery. I witnessed my best friend getting married. 

And, I graduated from school! One of my lifetime goals was to have a master's degree. Check!

The thing to remember is that every year will bring happiness and struggles. It is how you deal with those struggles that help you grow. Was 2015 perfect? No. We struggled to make ends meat, with Bob in school full-time and working less. We had family members have health scares. Friends with health scares. 365 days will never all be happy and perfect. There will fights, tears, laughter, smiles, etc. 

So, was 2015 was a good year? Yes. 

I hope that 2016 is just as good, or better!

Happy new year to you all! I am excited to continue my health journey with you on this blog!

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