In my life the one thing I keep going back to as a failure is my weight. I just can’t seem to get it under control. It never really bothered me until the past decade. That’s when the weight seemed to pile on. I lost 50 pounds in 2007 and managed to keep it off until 2011, when in three months, when nothing was going right and the people I loved where either in need of care or dying, I managed to eat my way back into 40 pounds.
I vowed the 2013 would be my year of healthy changes. I’ve managed to keep plodding away at my weight.
The first of March I joined Shaklee. It’s a weight loss program that uses shakes, meal-bars, teas and snack bars to control appetite and get the pounds off.
It’s been slow going. The first week I was hungry, but it was my mental state thinking we needed more food to survive. I stuck with it, drinking a tasty chocolate or strawberry shake in the morning and a meal-replacement bar for lunch. I ate lean proteins and vegetables for dinner and survived.
While the scale didn’t drop drastically and I can’t see anything on the measuring tape, I am making progress. With Shaklee I left no-man’s zone between sizes and abandoned the size 20 jeans and am wearing a size 18.
I had enough energy and drive to finish my first 5k! That’s right, I did the Color Me Rad 5K in Greensboro and I was terrified, but I just told myself, “All you have to do is finish!” That’s exactly what I did!
I’m learning a lot. This is my journey. I’m not going to worry about what the scale tallies for me. I’m going to do my best, pick myself up on the days when I am taken hostage by emotional eating, and keep going.
This month has taught me that scales and measurements are great, but they aren’t necessarily the only way to see results.
The scale says I’m down six pounds this month, but the picture speaks greater success.
I’m not saying it’s easy. It isn’t. I struggle everyday. I’m not hungry, but I do retreat to food when my stress becomes too much. I’m working on overcoming this. Stay tuned and see if I can find the person I was destined to be under all this fat!
This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I will be receiving 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.