In case you missed it, I was chosen to be a Shaklee 180 blogger and I have finished my first month. First, let me start out by saying that this month has been very hard for me to stick to a program. We just closed on a house and have been painting, packing, moving some things, etc which has meant that we have been doing a lot of eating on the fly. We are officially moving in this weekend and things will calm down so I will be able to stick to a plan better.
This month has also been a bit of a learning curve trying to find the right balance of calories that I need to consume on a daily basis. The confusing part has been that the program says that for my weight range I should be taking in 1500 calories, but the app says it should be just over 1200. I went down to 1200 and didn’t lose a thing so I think that’s too low. I went up to 1500 and I lost, but only about a half pound when expected weight loss should be 1-2 pounds a week. I find that I should be consuming between about 1300-1400 calories daily.
During my first month I have lost about 2 pounds and just shy of 2 overall inches. That sounds pretty uneventful, but I’m thrilled with any loss at all through all of this and expect that my loss next month will be more significant since I’ve (hopefully) worked out the kinks.
The program itself is very easy to follow. You have a shake or meal bar for breakfast and lunch, a sensible snack or two, then a sensible dinner. The shakes aren’t like the well-known pre-made shakes that you buy at the store. You make them yourself with fresh fruit and anything else you may want to put in them. You can be as tame or adventurous as you’d like. The group of bloggers also doing this challenge have come up with some interesting and delicious recipes.
My shakes usually consist of a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1- 1½ cups of fresh or frozen fruit, and two scoops of the Shaklee powder which comes in three flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. From time to time I also add vanilla or almond extract, a teaspoon of coconut oil, or a tablespoon of PB2 peanut butter powder to make different delicious combinations.
As an example, this was my shake this morning:
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops chocolate Shaklee powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp PB2 powder
- 1 small banana
Let me tell you, it was delicious! Some people may ask, “Don’t you miss real food?” and my answer is no. Honestly, I don’t eat breakfast or lunch normally and just graze throughout the day. This does one of two things, puts my body in starvation mode or I eat more calories than I realize. The Shaklee plan forces me to consume a normal amount of a calories for breakfast and lunch to get my metabolism working without overdoing it and the shakes and bars are so quick and easy that I can’t use the excuse that I don’t have time to eat.
I have learned a lot during this first month. I look forward to putting what I’ve learned into practice and being even more successful for month two!
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.