Last month I shared with you my struggle with weight and my new journey as a Shaklee 180 blogger. I just finished the first 30 days on the program and wanted to share my progress so far!
The Shaklee program is a weight loss program that uses natural ingredients and emphasizes the importance of making the right eating decisions and putting exercise into your daily routine.
So far, it’s been a pretty easy weight loss plan to follow. Since they send me everything I need for the month, it’s a no-brainer for me. My monthly Shaklee 180 Turnaround Kit includes shakes, meal replacement bars, snacks, beverages, a 3-times-a-day supplement and I have access to an online app and an incredibly supportive online community to help keep me on track.
Twice a day I have either a shake or bar for a meal and then eat one healthy meal on my own. During the week I use lunch as my “meal of choice” since I need that kind of flexibility when I’m at work. However, that changes on the weekends. I think it’s important to have quality meal as a family, so I like to sit down and enjoy dinner with them and talk about our lives and what we are doing.
I’ll be honest with you, I was a little leery about the shakes. I was afraid that they would be chalky, but they aren’t at all and I was surprised at how much I enjoy them! I like to blend frozen fruit, a bit of non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, two scoops of my Shaklee shake mix along with some ice cubes and it comes out more like a yummy smoothie than liquid shake. The meal bars are a great on-the-go choice when I’m in a morning rush or just too tired at the end of the day.
The Hubs and kidlets bought me this cute little lunch bag for Mother’s Day last year that hadn’t really seen much meal action, but since starting this diet I’ve been dutifully packing my lunch bag for work daily.
Usually I pack a homemade salad since in NYC it can get quite expensive going to one of those build your own salad places. I load mine up with lots of veggies – fresh roasted peppers (that I make myself at home in the oven with a light spray of AM), cherry tomatoes, carrots, green beans — and I add in some protein of either grilled chicken or water-packed tuna. Just to mix things up a bit, so I don’t get bored eating so many salads, I’ll throw in some red quinoa, green olives, cannellini beans or artichoke hearts.
When I make dinner on the weekends we’ll have some baked fish, grilled seafood or even chicken along with some fresh in-season veggies. We’ve cut down our red meat intake and it’s also gotten the kids to try some new foods. Who knew, my three-year-old loves spinach!
I make sure to pack my lunch bag with some low-calorie snacks such as a piece of string cheese, a deli flat with some peanut butter or even cottage cheese doubles. They help to keep me filled and satisfied throughout the day.
The toughest thing about dieting, for me at least, has always been night-time snacking. I could be good all day and then totally blow it by eating a ton of junk while watching TV and unwinding after dinner. I specifically plan my day to save some calories so I can still have my nightly nosh – but now instead of having cookies, ice cream or chocolate – I’m eating a snack bar, 100 Calorie popcorn bag or single-serving hummus cup with baby carrots.
I also cut out soda and sugary drinks. I drank way too much soda – sometimes up to four or five cans of Coke Zero or Diet Pepsi a day! I cut it out cold turkey and fortunately I had no headaches or cravings. I’m now drinking LOTS of water. I have a 24 oz water bottle that I fill up at least three times a day (which also means LOTS of peeing!). I’m a big fan of Shaklee’s pomegranate energy tea, which I can drink either hot or cold for something a little different. I can honestly say that I’ve had a total of three sodas in the past month, usually splurging for the drink when I’ve been out to eat.
That’s another thing, I’ve been able to eat out while on the Shaklee plan. I downloaded a very helpful fast food calorie app that has helped me make healthy meal choices when eating out with The Hubs and two kidlets at Red Robin, Smashburger and Taco Bell.
This whole program isn’t about denying and what I can’t eat, it’s been about making sensible meal choices and really thinking about what kinds of foods I’m eating. It’s also made me think about why I am eating – whether it is out of hunger or emotion.
And it is definitely paying off. I’m thrilled to say that I’ve lost 11 pounds and 9 inches so far! Here’s how my numbers are shaking out – or weight shaking off!
My starting numbers 3/1/13
Weight: 220 pounds
Hips: 48 inches
Chest: 48 inches
Bicep: 13 inches
Waist: 43 inches
Thigh: 29 inches
My numbers as of 3/30/13
Weight: 209 pounds
Hips: 47 inches
Chest: 45 inches
Bicep: 13 inches
Waist: 42 inches
Thighs: 25 inches
I’m pretty happy at how my weight loss is coming along. I can already feel my clothes fitting better and I had a “WOO HOO!” moment in the women’s bathroom at work the other day when I was able to slip off my pants without even unbuttoning them. Some of my co-workers now think I’m a bathroom nut with all my shouting, but it was totally worth it!
All I’ve done so far is follow the diet part of this program. Now I need to get the exercise portion of it going, which is what I’ll be focusing on this coming month. With the weather getting warmer I plan on being outside more with the kids – playing at the park, running around and riding bikes. I think the pounds and inches will really start coming off.
Being accountable for my weight to the other 90 Shaklee bloggers in the program and to all of you who are following my weight loss journey has also been an incredible motivator. I have everything to gain by losing it all!
I’ll have my first-ever vlog a little later this week, a demonstration of how I make my favorite Shaklee 180 shake/smoothie. I think you’ll get a kick out of what my favorite part of making the shake is…and it has nothing to do with food!
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.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your number one healthy eating tip?
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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