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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Shaklee Journey begins

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
With EmmyLu, I hardly gained more than 10 lbs during my pregnancy. I fit in my pre-pregnancy jean no problem. When I left the hospital, I actually weighed less than what I started out with before I was pregnant. I then proceeded to use the excuse "I can eat whatever I want because I'm breastfeeding."  My job change also helped my blood pressure issue but it was still borderline. The doctor suspected if I dropped weight, it wouldn't be an issue anymore.

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
Waist 41inches
Hips 48inches
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.


  1. I have the same concerns when it comes to working out - I don't get home til 6:30 on a good night. I'm so glad you found a workout that you love - that's the most important part. I can't wait to see how big those jeans will get on you! :)

  2. Sounds like me when I was prego! I went from 150-200 with number one. Then from 180-210 with my second and then 210-220 with my third. Then I just like gave up. But it's okay b/c the past year has been great with trying to get healthy! You can do it as we all can do it!!!!!
    BTW you make the most adorable prego lady!!!!

  3. I think this program will not only be good for all our health but important - lets get that BP down :)

  4. Girl, you are so brave! I couldn't post with my sports bra. Just couldn't do it- can't wait to see all of our progress!

  5. I am super proud of you and happy to have you be part of the program! I know you can do this and I'm here to support you!

    1. Sommer, you're my idol! I want to be like you when I grow up!



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