Weight has always been an issue in my life. Whether it was me, a family member, a friend or a co-worker, how much you weigh and what size you wear has always been a hot and sensitive topic.
Growing up I was not overweight; in fact, I was pretty athletic. I loved playing sports – in the spring and summer it was softball and in the fall, volleyball. On most non-school days you could find me outside playing with the kids from my block or out with my BFFs . I was always on the go, always doing something. I like the way I looked – thin and toned and I never thought that weight would ever be an issue for me.
Left – As a senior in HS on the volleyball team; Right – A thin girl going to Prom (and yeah, I had BIG hair!)
It started going south for me in college. You’ve heard of “myth the freshmen 15,” well, I’m telling you it ain’t no myth. Between fatty and fried cafeteria food, late night pizza deliveries and oh yeah, beer, the pounds slowly started to add up. Although I was always busy doing something – it wasn’t of the physical kind. School, internships, student government and my sorority took up most of my waking hours, but it was spent sitting in a classroom, at a desk at work or sitting at a table for a group meeting. At the end of a long week the last thing I wanted to do was put on my kicks and go work out. I just wanted to relax, kick back and hang with my friends…and that’s exactly what I did.
Maybe that look on my face is how many pounds beer puts on or we’re all pointing where the beer weight should go!
Right out of college I got a full-time job which involved me to travel, a lot. Traveling and staying at hotels in different cities is lots of fun. I was young and tried to take full advantage of where-ever I was. I loved going sight-seeing and sampling the local culture, which most times involved food. Even though I would bring my sneakers and work out gear to work out at the hotel gym, I was usually too tired from late nights out to get up and do it.
Left – Stopping at Lake Tahoe on a company road trip that took me across the country in a 1939 Ford; Right – With my mom on The Strip, she came along on a business to Vegas
Fast forward ten years. I met The Hubs, bought a house, moved to the burbs, got married, got a dog, had a kid, sold a house, bought another house that needed a lot of work, had another kid, started this blog and advanced my career. I’d been too busy and too lazy to take care of myself, my health and my weight. There have been too many dinners out, too many take-out meals, too many glasses of wine and too many times that I’ve eaten my emotions.
A lot happened in 10 years, married, two kids and turning the big 4-0!
I turned 40 last year and though I have had no mid-life crisis moment, I have started to take stock of my life and figure out what truly is important to me. Number one is my family. I have great Hubs and two beautiful kidlets. I want to always be there for them both emotionally and physically. The only way I can do that is to take care of myself, particularly my health and become active again.
I knew what my first step needed to be, to get rid of these extra pounds that I’ve been carrying around for the past decade. The question was how I would do it – in a way that was not only healthy but a way that would hold me accountable for my choices.
Shaklee 180 is the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. and its program has proven to be effective for many. The journey lasts 180 days, 90 days to lose weight & 90 days to learn how to keep it off. They emphasize the importance of making the right eating decisions, going with natural products and working exercise into your routine. I think it’s a well-rounded approach to weight loss and there’s nothing more accountable than putting your diet intentions out there for the entire world to see!
I knew there would be LOTS of mom/women bloggers who would apply for this program and a longshot to be selected. It was a wonderful surprise it was to find out last week that out of more than 400 applicants, I’m one of the 90 selected bloggers for the Shaklee 180 campaign!
This is an amazing group of women and as diverse as their weight goals. What we all have is common is the goal to get healthy by taking care of ourselves, developing proper eating habits and exercising regularly.
Over the next 6 months I’ll be sharing with you my very personal weight loss journey with the #Shaklee180 diet plan, putting it all out there, through words, photos and video. I hope that you’ll stick with me on this journey to a healthier and slimmer me!
Now it’s your turn to share. What are your health or weight loss goals?
For Full 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. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
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