Friday, March 1, 2013

Time to Lose Weight

Over this past Christmas, my husband's sister came to visit. In general, she's a well intentioned, caring person. During that particular stay, however, she managed to make two separate and seemingly innocent comments regarding my size that literally left me in tears.

I don't want to be that person anymore. I don't want that target on me anymore. I'm not trying to be something or someone I'm not, but I don't want to be the person that anyone thinks of as not caring if I'm overweight or unhealthy. I used to be fit. I will be again.

I've been running again for almost two months now. I'm getting stronger, but I've lost 0 weight. I've let my eating habits get entirely out of control. Staying with my parents hasn't helped. They're the type who think it's normal to keep an entire cupboard stocked with sweets & snack food. And I am an emotional eater. When my emotions are big, so is my appetite. It's horrible.



Today is my first official day as a Shaklee 180™ blogger. This is a 6 month program that will involve smoothies, meal bars, and nutritional supplements. It also includes a lot of online support including (but definitely not limited to) an app that I've already downloaded to my phone. I know there were a LOT of applicants who weren't given this opportunity, so I want to make sure I make the absolute most of this.  So here are some goals I've set for myself. I would like to lose 30-40lbs, drop a couple dress sizes, and become a stronger athlete (get my average mile under 10:30 minutes). I'd like to run something more than a 10k eventually. To do this, I will learn to prepare healthy meals, manage portion sizes, run regularly, and incorporate some cross training ("metabolic training," as Jillian would say).

I am incredibly optimistic that the Shaklee 180™ Turnaround program will give me the boost I need with getting my eating under control. I think my husband is a bit skeptical that I'll stick with it, though - the healthy eating, and the exercise. So what I really need right now are my own cheerleaders following me on this journey. It's going to take some serious will power to kick my exercise routine up to the level I'm aiming for. I'll also need some serious support to keep that emotional eating at bay.

And now the part I've been dreading: my "before" pictures and measurements. Trust these have brought me tears.

(and for reference, I am 5'4")
Weight: 170lbs
Bust: 41"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 43"
Arms: left: 14"
           right: 14"


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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62 comments:

  1. You and I are almost the exact same measurements. I think you look just fine now, but I know like me, you want to be healthier and happier. I am so happy to be on this journey with you and know we are both going to do great!

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    1. Thanks! Other than having kids, this pretty much feels like the biggest thing I've ever committed to. I'm nervous, but excited. Good luck to you too!

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    2. Great weight loss story, Mary Ann!

      I commend you for all the hard work you put yourself through. I know it ain't easy!

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  2. You are adorable! I think it is so awesome that you are making this commitment to yourself. I look forward to seeing you get healthier and feel better! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement! This is huge for me, so I'm really hoping to make the most of it. :-)

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  3. So excited for you! This is going to be great!

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    1. Yay! It is great, isn't it? It will be. I am so ready to make this change!

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  4. Good luck! You are going to do great!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to all this. :-)

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  5. I totally think we have the same work out/yoga pants BTW. hahahaa
    You will do GREAT!!!!

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    1. lol I got them at Old Navy. For some reason they were on the clearance rack for 50% off - I couldn't resist! And thank you for your vote of confidence!

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  6. Adorable shots - and way to go on the running! I couldn't do that unless I'm being chased! It will definitely help you lose the weight you want. I completely agree, we're lucky to have been chosen. Let's make the most of it!

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    1. haha Yeah, I always hate running when I'm getting back into it. In general, I love it. It's definitely my favorite form of exercise.

      I can't wait to see everyone's progress!

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  7. We are going to ROCK this!!! You look great already!

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    1. Thank you - you are too sweet! And we are going to do amazing things!

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  8. You can do this! I really don't know anything about Shaklee but hard work and determination pays off in the end. You are going to rock this (or should I say Shake this?).

    Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely plan to keep work hard at this. :-)

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  9. Hi, I'm visiting from SITS Sharefest. You can make the changes you want. I know, 10 years ago I started out exactly where you are. It sounds like you are now ready to make those changes. Best of luck and I can't wait to see your "after" pictures. :) Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you! It's always encouraging to hear other people's success stories. :-)

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  10. Hello,

    I too am visiting from Sharefest. I lost 100 pounds 20 years ago on Weight Watchers. I know firsthand the trials and joys of losing weight. I just realized I should share my story on my blog. LOL It can be done! Good luck! I too can't wait to see your success photos!

    Cathy
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes - I would love to read your story! What an amazing journey to lose 100lbs and keep it off for 10 years. Congratulations!

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