It has been almost a year since my daughter, EmmyLu was born. (she'll be one years old in 26 days) With my son, I went from 190 lbs to 240 lbs. After about 9 months, I got my weight down to 210 lbs and plateaued. I did everything I could -- ran, watched what I ate, starved myself. Nothing helped. I gave up. I still exercised but not as much. I didn't watch what I ate. I also realized that I was a big time emotional eater as well. Coming to terms with all of this has not been easy.
Off and on, I've been dealing with high blood pressure as well. It was suspected that I had White Coat Syndrome -- where the site of a doctor made my blood pressure spike. My doctor also suspected that stress from my job was also a big time factor.
|3/26/12 right before I left for the hospital|
At the end of the year, I decided there needed to be a change. I need to be healthy for myself and my two young kids. I needed to exercise and eat better. Time was an issue. Working out after work was out of the question as I normally don't get home until 6 pm. My options were lunch time or early morning.
I joined a local Crossfit gym. I had plenty of friends singing the praises of Crossfit and since I'd much rather lift weights and do group exercise than any other, I thought it would be a great fit for me. Guess what -- I love it. I've been going since January 3 three times a week. Next week, I'm starting 4 days a week.
Yes, I'm usually the slowest and weakest in the class, but the coaches and other members don't mind. They cheer me on and help me with my form. They are there for me.
In January, I also applied to be a Shaklee Blogger. Out of 500 bloggers, I was one of 90 picked to receive free products to help me with this journey. I was drawn to Shaklee because they believe in being eco-friendly, don't use GMO in their products and their products are free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. The program consists of two shakes as meals, healthy snacks in between and a balance meal at dinner. They call it 180 because you have 90 days to lose your weight on their program and then 90 days to prove you can keep it off. A total lifestyle change -- not a quick fix.
Shakes are easy for me as I struggle with breakfast and lunch anyway! I usual and worrying about everyone but myself when I walk out the door in the morning and forget my breakfast and lunch. Since I was already drinking smoothies, the breakfast part won't be a big deal for me. Lunch will be a cinch now and I can spend that hour taking a walk or blogging more.
So here are my stats ...
Chest 43 inches
Arms 14 inches
And this is what I look like ... you've been warned ... I'm going to take these photos in the same jeans every 30 days.
Why no weight? I have had no time to buy a scale so I will post that tonight!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know.
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.