This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating, however all opinions expressed here are my very own.
It’s now been a full two months on my goal to a healthier me as part of the #Shaklee180blogger program and I’m still loving it. I like that Shaklee uses all natural ingredients in their meal replacements, including no GMOs, and it’s a no brainer for me to follow. I have a Shaklee smoothie or meal bar in place of two meals each day and then eat one healthy meal on my own.
I’m always so good the first month of ANY diet or weight loss plan I try. It’s like religion to me and I don’t deviate from the plan one bit. However, two months in is when I usually start to waver a bit. I start to get cocky about how well my weight loss is going and feel that I can deviate from the plan to eat what I want or let’s be honest here, what I can sneak in. I always seem to forget how hard I worked to get that first round of weight off.
Have I stuck to the plan every single day? No. First there was the leftover Easter candy, then a day-long photo shoot for my PR gig that had a fully loaded craft services table and I topped it all off with a spring break trip to Walt Disney World. Needless to say that some of my non-Shaklee food/meal choices were not always the healthiest.
Have I started the exercise routine I talked about last month? No. Between things really gearing up for me at work again, some mini family life drama (which is all good now, thank goodness!) and working on my blog here I’ve just been too darn exhausted to even think of doing 20 repetitions of squats, leg lifts and crunches.
I don’t want the above to sound like a list of excuses, because it’s not. I am responsible for what I put into my body. No-one force-fed me chocolate bunnies, Fritos or fast-food. It was all my choice.
I do have to say though, and pretty proud of, is that I didn’t gouge on any one food. Most times I was looking for the taste of something and after two or three bites I usually (but not always!) stop. To compensate for not getting into an exercise routine I spent more time outside with the kidlets, taking our dog for a walk around the neighborhood, drawing with chalk on the driveway or blowing and chasing bubbles around the yard.
The family at a Disney character breakfast. There would have been a time I would not have never allowed a photo like this be taken of myself, let alone share it.
I was most worried about how my Shaklee 180 progress would be affected by our trip to Disney. I thought I’d be eating fried food, soft pretzels and ice cream all day long. I was happily surprised that Disney has some very healthy eating options – for both adults and children. There were great salads, grilled chicken dishes and even vegetarian options to choose from. The Hubs and I would shared whatever “treat” we got – mostly one scoop ice cream cones – but I couldn’t resist the Pineapple Dole Whip and had one of those of my very own.
I think that Disney trip is what got me into the cocky mode. I’m happy to say that the scale didn’t go up when I returned home. That to me was a huge accomplishment, but I started to think that I could totally wing it and eat what I wanted. I didn’t take into account that while at Disney we walked EVERYWHERE. I wish I had my pedometer on to see how much we truly walked, but according to Disney Parks Moms Panel the average person walks somewhere between 6 and 13 miles each day. With our two kidlets in tow, I think we were closer to the 4-5 mile mark, but I was burning a tremendous amount of calories – which kept the weight off.
Here’s the good thing though, with Shaklee 180 it is so easy to get back on track. So what if I’ve had a meal or day where I’ve indulged. I just get back “on program” with the next meal – going back to a smoothie or meal replacement bar. I’m also doing more walking – talking a stroll during my lunch hour and even choosing to walk places instead of taking a car, bus or subway. My goal for month three is to really get serious and add that exercise element to my routine. I think that will really kick-up results for me.
Let’s cut to the chase then, here’s a look at my progress so far:
Stats as of 5/1/13 Stats as of 4/1/13 Starting stats on 3/1/13
Weight: 206.5 lbs Weight: 209 lbs Weight: 220 lbs
Hips: 45 inches Hips: 47 inches Hips: 48 inches
Chest: 44 inches Chest: 45 inches Chest: 48 inches
Bicep: 13 inches Bicep: 13 inches Bicep: 13 inches
Waist: 42 inches Waist: 42 inches Waist: 43 inches
Thigh: 24 inches Thigh: 25 inches Thigh: 29 inches
So far, for the entire program I have a total loss of 13.5 pounds and 13 inches. My clothes are fitting better and I even had to get some new jeans/capris that were 2 sizes smaller than what I was wearing when I started the program! The supportive comments from friends and family also haven’t hurt in keeping me going.
Later this week I’ll post my second vlog about Shaklee 180 and I’ll be talking about “motivation.” Also, don’t forget, you can keep up to date not only with my Shaklee 180 progress, but all the journeys of my fellow weight loss blogging buddies by simply following the hashtag #ShakleeBlogger.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support, and incentives for participating. All opinions given here are my very own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.
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