The Struggle is Real — Learning to Overcome Where I’ve Failed Before

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The struggle for weight loss is real. I know that if you have been around for a while….you have seen me do terrible. I have struggled with weight loss since Adeline was born. This past summer while we were in Colorado for our family vacation, I ended up struggling with climbing the Red Rocks Ampitheater. I made a promise to myself that day as I was on the verge of tears from pain, frustration, embarrassment, and shame that my weight and physical shape would never again hold me back. I will admit that I came back home and fell into the same old habits. I made a promise to myself that I was going to do better and be different in the new year.

 

On January 1st, 2016 I made a lofty goal to hit my goal weight by my 35th birthday (July 25, 2017) and knew that in 19 months it would be possible to lose the weight that I wanted to in a healthy way. I do not have a specific goal weight because I am not sure how my body has changed since having baby number 4. Instead what I have is a drawer full of tight “goal weight” jeans that I expect to be tight when I hit my goal. I also have a drawer of lose jeans that I want to be my comfortable every day/go to pairs. I am estimating that I will need to lose between 134 and 154 lbs to reach this goal.

 

Well, today I stepped on the scale and almost cried. I am down 26.5 lbs in the first 6 weeks of the year….not too shabby for someone who never thought that she could do it again. I am motivated and moving towards my goal of being healthy. The exciting thing for me is that we are going to Colorado again this September. This time it will just be my husband and myself but I swear that I am going to crush the Red Rocks!! That’s right, not only will I climb the stairs going into the amphitheater but I am going to walk up all of the steps in the amphitheater as well. I am going to do it and I am going to take a picture at the top!

 

For me, I believe that success comes from changing your mindset. I still struggle with things….like right now I really want more Pepsi (yes I had a small glass with dinner because deprivation leads to binging for me!)….but what I am drinking? Evian. It is the small steps that you have to celebrate. The small steps that lead towards the giant leaps. Do I think that it is always going to be easy? I know better! Has this been easy? No! There have really been quite a few little struggles along the way but I find that I do best when I brush myself off and work hard to be able to reach my goals.

 

So, I am excited to share this news with you and I am going to share some additional news and information along the way in hopes of encouraging you. If you are struggling and need some help please reach out to someone. I needed others to help motivate me and if you need others to help motivate you, you can email me at amandamillerwritingservices@gmail.com. I am not affiliated with any program and I am not going to try to sell you anything. I am just here to encourage you as I know that many of you have seen my struggle through the blog!

I also promise to share some before and after pics with you as soon as I hit that 30 lb weight loss!!

Don’t Let Bladder Leakage Stop You!

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This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed are my own.

We’ve talked about bladder leakage several times in the past, but I know there are probably some of you who want to know what is light bladder leakage caused from?     It’s caused from a variety of things – pregnancy to age there are a number of reasons a women would get light bladder leakage..  Yes, it’s embarrassing, but there isn’t a whole lot one can do about it other than laugh it off, but be careful you don’t want any leaking lol.  OMG, yes it’s happened to me I’m a mommy!

JENN THE LUCKIES MOM EVERThings have gotten better for me over time but here we are planning yet another baby, and I’m sure that is only going to mean I’m going to have to deal with it yet again.  BLAH bladder leakage, but, this time, I will know to get some Poise panty liners.

They are specially designed for the whole light bladder leakage problem so many of us suffer from and are embarrassed about.  They also stay 3X drier than leading brands of regular size feminine care panty liners. Not to mention that they lock away odor and wetness to keep you feeling dry.  If the Poise Very Light Absorbency Liners are too light you can always get Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads.

Are you embarrassed of light bladder leakage?  If you haven’t had it yet, do you plan on having children?  Many women get it after pregnancy, it’s a part of life.  This is why I choose to openly talk about such issues, they’re normal, tons of ladies suffer from light bladder leakage.  It’s not something we should be ashamed about.  We should talk about it so other women know they’re not going crazy when it happens to them and they know what to do.

It’s nice they are the thing so you don’t feel like you are walking around with a dip on lol.  The next time you need protection that a traditional panty liner can’t offer you be sure to check out Poise.  Not only do they have their panty liners but they have a variety of products specifically for light bladder leaks ago.

I recently picked up some Poise Liners from Sam’s Club for my sister-n-law who just had her little boy, my nephew, Gavin.  He is such a cutie pie, I just want to squeeze him.  I went to Sam’s Club because I love Sam’s Club!  It’s by far my favorite place to shop because I can stock up on items like Poise Liners.

20160110_032210_resizedDo you have a Sam’s Club Membership?  If not be sure to check them out, especially if you are like me and don’t like going to the store all the time so you buy in bulk.

Learn more about the Sams’ Club Membership here,  Poise Very Light Absorbency Liners here, and Poise Maximum Absorbency Pads

Stay Protected from the Sun All Year Long with Sun Protection Zone

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Did you know that you can still get a sunburn and experience damages from the sun in the fall and winter?  Many people do not realize that you need to take sun protection seriously year round.

5 Tips to Stay Safe From the Sun All Year Long (Even in the Cold Months)

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Tip 1 — Use Sunscreen

Anytime that you are going to be outside, even in the winter, you should be applying a sunscreen that contains SPF 30 or higher.  Doing this will keep you from burning and will protect you against all of the damages the sun can cause to your skin.  You should make sure to apply all sunscreen liberally.  You also want to make sure that your skin is completely covered with sunscreen.  One great way to get this done in the wintertime is to use a moisturizer that contains SPF.  This is also great for keeping dry winter skin well hydrated.  In addition you can use a stronger sunscreen on areas of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun.  Just remember to get pesky easy to forget spots like the top of your ears.

Tip 2 — Keep Your Eyes Protected

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Wearing sunglasses is also really important.  You want to make sure that your eyes are protected from the sun.  So many people lather on the sunscreen but skip the sunglasses.  Doing this does not mean that you are fully protected and you can end up with sun damage to your eyes.

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Sun Protection Zone offers you many great choices of sunglasses for kids that are going to protect your child’s eyes.  Both of the pairs that are pictured are available for $15 each.

Tip 3 — Choose Protective Clothing

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If you are going to be outdoors doing work one thing that you can do to stay protected is to choose protective clothing.  I really like the Women’s Long Sleeve UltraLite Shirt ($60).  I like that it is perfect for layering during the fall and winter months while still keeping me protected from the damaging rays of the sun.

Tip 4 — Don’t Forget to Cover Your Head

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I will admit that while I am really good about using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and wearing sunglasses, I often forget the importance of wearing a hat on my head.  Wearing a good protective hat is important because it offers you the chance to protect your scalp from the sun’s harmful rays.  The hats from Sun Protection Zone offer great protection from the sun that you can wear year round.

Tip 5 — Remember to Think About How Long You Are in the Sun

Regardless of what time of year it is, you should remember that you have to be careful with how long you are exposed to direct sunlight.  Being outside between the time of 10am and 4 pm is the most dangerous time for the sun.  This is when the rays are the harshest and when it can have the most damaging effects on your skin.  Make sure that you drink plenty of water when you are in the sun as well.  Even if it is the winter time and you do not feel thirsty, you can still get dehydrated by being in the sun too long.

 

Lead Poisoning — The Real Danger

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The idea of my child becoming ill really scares me. Recently I was made aware of just how dangerous lead poisoning is. To be honest I thought that this was something that was just a problem from the past and not something that my family could still be effected by today. I was wrong.

There is not a lot of information about lead poisoning available which is one of the reasons that this completely avoidable issue is still something that is happening. In light of learning more about lead poisoning from Lead Safe America, I thought that I would bring you this post with information that I think is important for you to know.

Lead Poison Happens Every Day!

The first thing that you should be aware of is that lead poisoning is happening. In fact, each year in the US alone there are more than 310,000 children who are diagnosed with lead poisoning. While lead is toxic in everyone, young children are the group of people who suffer the most from exposure. The reason that younger children are most at risk is that their bodies are still growing, and they can potentially absorb and retain the lead in their systems longer.

Where is This Lead Coming From?

There are many places where you child might be exposed to lead. Lead is often found in older homes in paint. It is also found in the paint that is used on toys that are not manufactured here in the US.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

There are many different symptoms that can appear from lead poisoning. When lead reaches an unsafe level in the body these symptoms present themselves. Headaches, stomachaches, behavioral issues, and anemia can all be traced back to lead poisoning. If a child is very young, lead can affect their brain as well.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

If you suspect that you might have lead in your home, the best thing to do is have your paint tested. You should also talk to your doctor about suspected levels of lead in your home or other areas where your child is at. If there is reason to believe that your child has been exposed, you can have a simple blood test to learn the answer.

More to Come…

I plan on bringing you a series of pieces about lead exposure where I take an in depth look at the things that lead can do to your body and explain more about what you can do to prevent this from happening to your family. I look forward to going on this journey with you.

Join the #Underwareness Campaign and Grab Your Free Sample

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I don’t know which one to be more excited about, the #Underwareness campaign by Depend, which is supporting a great cause or the FREE sample that can be found at www.Underwareness.com.  The good things are we don’t have to pick because we can have the best of both worlds.  Learn about the #Underwareness campaign, how we can support it, and help make a change, and, of course, grab our free sample and here’s how,


underwarenessThe Depend #Underwareness Campaign

Do you or anyone you know suffer from bladder leakage?  I’m going to bet it’s not something you talk about openly.  Which is what we need to change because the only way we can make a change is by joining Depends and show support for women suffering from bladder leakage.

For those who are not familiar with the Depend #Underwareness campaign let me give you a rundown.  Depend Brand wants to get everyone talking about and showing their support for women who suffer from Bladder Leakage and we can help.

I hope you’re ready to share socially for a great cause!  Depend brand will donate $1 up to $3 MILLION for every picture or video featuring Depend products and includes the campaign’s hashtag – #Underwareness.  The donation will go to donation will go toward the research and education of bladder leakage.

Join the #Underwareness Campaign and Grab Your Free SampleDid you know the average age for bladder leakage is 52, but there are more people who suffer from bladder leakage in their 20s than their 80s?   Yes, and most people with bladder leakage are 50 or younger than 60 or older.  That’s scary because I’ve had children, and I can tell you it took me a while to get things back to normal.  I will be having another one, what if it doesn’t ever go back to normal?  OMG, see this is why we need to talk about this, get the conversation started, and help Depends raise money for research and education about bladder leakage.

Even if you don’t currently suffer from bladder leakage, I’m going to be someone close to you do, and you just might not be aware of it.  There are 51 million women who currently deal with bladder leakage.  Thankfully Depends provides them with discreet products to help give them their lives back.  Depend recently introduced their new Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs that are a new moderate absorbency brief that features a thin design, so they provide both comfort and protection.  Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs have a lower rise + for an underwear-like fit, feel and look and they can be purchased in both black and beige colors.  You can also grab a free sample of the NEW Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs as well as others.

Yes, it’s finally time to start talking about the free sample!  Who doesn’t like trying something for free before they purchase a product.  I totally understand I have four kids and honestly don’t have extra money to spend son something I don’t need, so I’m always thankful when brands are confident enough in their product to offer their customers the chance to try their product for free before purchasing.

Hurry and Grab Your FREE Sample 

Who doesn’t want a free sample right?

To get your free sample simply visit www.underwareness.com and you’ll see where you can claim your awesome free by clicking “Get a Sample” in the top right-hand corner of the website.  Select the sample you would like to receive.  YES, you’ll get to choose which sample you want to try.  Once you’ve picked and submitted the required information all you’ll need to do is hang tight and wait for your free sample to arrive.

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You’ll also want to share a photo or video on your social networks using the #Underwareness hashtag so you can help a great cause.

To learn more about Depend, the #Underwareness campaign, and grab your free sample visit their website here.

How Did You Celebrate World Water Day?

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World Water Day was on Sunday March 22nd, 2015.  I had scheduled this post to go live then but it did not so I wanted to go ahead and say a few additional things and to publicly apologize for not having it run on time.

For World Water Day we worked on a new water conservation plan around our house.  We are trying to conserve the safe water that we have so that it might be used for others.  This means that we are doing things like turning off the water when not rinsing the dishes or when brushing our teeth.  We also use energy efficient appliances and try to keep showers as quick as possible.  Plus we avoid taking baths when we can.

Did you know that today there are over 748 million people who do not have access to clean water?   That is more than two and a half times the population of the United States that is without clean or safe drinking water.  In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22nd to be World Water Day.  This was done to help address the crisis and to acknowledge the water’s essential presence on the earth.

So you probably want to know how you can help.  You can take part in World Water Day each year.  This special day allows us all to make a real difference for those who are suffering with these types of water related issues.

Many people do not realize how much of an impact water can have on different things.  In fact water is one of the foundations of most things that most of us believe that we need to survive in society.  For sustainable development water is needed for health, climate, industry, equity, and more.  This short slide show will tell you all about the different ways that water integrates with these things.

World Vision has signed on to help bring light to World Water Day and to raise awareness about the need for clean, safe drinking water around the world.

One scary statistic is the fact that each day almost 1600 children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea.  This can be caused from a number of things but the most common include improper hygiene, contaminated water, and poor sanitation.  More than half of these deaths could easily be prevented with proper hygiene, clean water, and basic sanitation.

Researchers have found that almost 80% of childhood illness and disease could be prevented with these basic things as well!  Can you imagine the difference that clean water could make to the children of the world?

World Vision has been around since the 1960s with is goal to provide clean water and sanitation for millions of children and families throughout the world.  World Vision has helped people in over 100 countries around the globe.

The theme for World Water Day 2015 was “Water and Sustainable Development”.  The goal is to look at how water could interact with the different areas of life that are needed to thrive in the future.  There are many messages that World Vision is bringing to the children of the world so that they can have a better life.  Here are just a few of these:

**Hand Washing — World Vision is helping to educate the people from around the world as to the importance of hand washing.

**Sustainable Farming and Management of Agriculture — To have the right type of ecosystems you need to teach people sustainable farming practices and the proper management of agriculture.

**Urban Water and Sewage Program — World Vision has been working to help bring bathrooms and sewage systems to the people of the world through their Urban Water and Sewage Program.

**Natural Energy and Water — World Vision has brought solar panels to pump clean water into the households through pipes that are in the ground.  Solar power helps with being able to power things without wasting any of the water.

**Drip Irrigation System — A drip irrigation system can help you to have sustainable agriculture practices through food production.  This helps people to be able to get the food that they need.

So if you are interested in helping World Vision to get water to those in need there are a few things that you can do.

1.  You can talk about the message of World Water Day and you can plan your own World Water Day for 2016.

2.  You can subscribe to World Vision’s mailing list.

3.  You can support the partners of World Vision by purchasing their goods and/or services.

So get involved and help bring clean water to all of the people of the world.

Learning My Personal Diet Weaknesses with Shake the Crave Week # 11

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Shake the Crave has been one of the best things that could have happened to me on my dieting journey.  I love how it really helps me to be able to manage my eating and overcome my cravings and temptations.  I have to admit that I have been ill lately so I have not been eating and doing things like I am supposed to.  However with the help from Shake the Crave I have not gained weight and I have been able to better manage some of my cravings which was a HUGE struggle for me in the past.

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A Look at My Personal Diet Struggles

Chocolate!!!!!!

I have learned that my biggest struggle with dieting is chocolate.  I am making myself get back on track next week and will be working on eliminating some of the things that cause me to struggle from my diet.  I am also going to be using a new system of measuring my food that worked really well for me in the past and I am actually going to start going to the gym and working out.

Eating Out Too Often

Another thing that has been killer for me on my diets has been that we eat out a lot.  Even when I am making healthier choices while we are eating out, I am not eating as healthy as I should so I know that for me to be successful that I am going to have to give up eating out.  Another bonus for this one is that I will also be able to save some extra money because I am not going to be spending it on eating out.

Sugary Drinks

Sometimes I do not feel like this one is one that I will ever be able to get away from.  It is so hard.  I feel like crap a lot of the time and I know that this is one of the causes of that but I seriously have no idea how I am ever going to be able to change it.  I love dining out and eating high end dishes but if I want to reach my goal weight I know that I am going to have to get serious.

Bad Choices

All in all I make too many bad choices and it is really showing.  I am losing a little thanks to Shake the Crave but I know that I should be losing so much more and the only way for me to do this is by following up with Shake the Crave and sticking to the plan 100%.

I struggle with a lot of self hatred especially when it comes to dieting.  This is mainly because I am so bad about sticking to diets, exercising and doing what I should.  The fact remains that while Shake the Crave has helped a ton it is not going to get me to my goal weight if I am not doing anything else to help myself along the way.  So I am going to be focusing on really making the necessary changes and I am going to start working harder than I have worked before.

Overcoming Temptations…Shake the Crave Week # 10

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Weight loss is difficult enough as is, add in kids and a husband to the mix and the junk food that is surrounding you can become a HUGE temptation.  There are so many things that you can do to help yourself to overcome these temptations with ease.

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Shake the Crave is helping me to personally beat my own temptations because their delicious creamy texture and amazing flavors make me feel as though I am doing something bad even when I am not.

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Tips to Overcome Temptations on Your Diet

Learn Tricks to Make Your Favorite Treats Better for You

Do you love a specific treat a lot?  Do you have a craving for birthday cake and just feel like you need to eat a piece when you see one?  Well instead of depriving yourself of that treat, learn how you can make it better for you.  For me birthday cake is a temptation because I love frosting.  I do not necessarily love cake but sadly the worst part of the cake for you is the frosting.  Instead of eating like I would have in the past, I am now picking up a small piece from the middle of the cake and scraping some of the frosting off.  I know that scraping it all off would be better but I seriously just can not bring myself to do it.

Get Together with Friends without Food or Drinks

One of the worst traps that I recently fell into was going out with friends more.  This turned into quite a few nights out where we would dine on things that I would not normally eat as well as enjoying far too many adult beverages.  All of these have a TON of calories and is a big reason why I have not been as successful as I could have been on my weight loss journey.

Consider Lower Calorie Alternatives for Drinks

Another HUGE struggle for me is my addiction to coke.  I love Coca Cola and could drink nothing but coke for the rest of my life.  I go through periods where there is a HUGE struggle and then times when I am able to “give it up”.  The problem seems to be that after I have given it up for a while,  I turn around, quit drinking water and start binge drinking them.  So from now on instead of “giving up” something that I love I am going to start working on drinking other things that are better for me, but I will still have a few weekly allotments of coke so that I do not have to live life without it.

Avoiding the Drive Thru

Drive thru windows are great for those times when you are really on the go or are traveling from one place to another.  The problem with our culture is that we have started relying too heavily on these franchises are eating there multiple times throughout the week or month instead of on occasions as they were intended.  Let’s face it, nothing from a drive thru window is going to be really good for you because even the healthiest options have a ton of preservatives in them.  Find a way to challenge yourself to avoid the drive thru.  My personal challenge with this starts next Tues as I prepare 30 Homemade Meals in 30 Days!

Learn Your Options

One of the things that I have always hated about dieting is that I always felt like I had to give up everything that I loved.  One of those things was delicious drinks from a coffee shop.  Now instead I always have them use skim, avoid the whipped cream, and really focus on enjoying the drink and allowing it be my only satisfying drink in the day when I have one.

We all struggle from time to time but I know for me that Shake the Crave is really helping me to do better.

Shake the Crave Week # 9 — Making Your Diet Work For You

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I can not stress enough that Shake the Crave is the first diet that has worked for me since Adeline has been born.  Today I would like to share with you some questions that I have been asked and to stress that in order for you to make your diet work that you have to pick the one that is meant for you.

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Has being on Shake the Crave been easy?

No.  It has still been a lot of good old fashioned hard work.

Do you think that Shake the Crave will work for everyone?

While I do not believe that any diet plan is made for everyone, I do believe that Shake the Crave is something that could benefit everyone.

What are your biggest struggles with dieting?

I love food!!  I say this and then giggle when I am typing it.  I have not always loved food.  In fact for many years I had a hatred for food.  Right now my focus is on trying to teach myself to love the right foods.

What is your best piece of dieting advice?

My best piece of advice about dieting is that you should not diet.  Instead you should focus on real lifestyle changes that are going to help you reach your health and fitness level goals.

What type of work out do you suggest?

I suggest any type of work out that you feel comfortable with.  This is my personal biggest struggle because I am terrible with being dedicated enough to work out.  I keep saying that I am going to start next week and next week ever happens.  My biggest piece of advice with this is to just do it.

Is there a better time to start with Shake the Crave?

Anytime that you are ready to embark on your own journey is a great time to start with Shake the Crave.

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Who should start their own Shake the Crave journey?

Anyone who is struggling and trying to lose weight or get in better shape should be on their own Shake the Crave journey.  Remember that anyone can have a journey and that their journey can work around their needs and wants.

Is there help for those who start?

I am always here to talk and there are lots of places where you can go for support or help with getting started on  a weight loss/better health journey.

Are you a part of any diet/weight loss support groups?

I personally follow a few people on facebook and am part of a runners’ group even though I do not run.  I do not have a membership in any type of diet or weight loss groups at this time.  I would love this support in the future but find that right now there is just too much in my life to add anything else.

What do you think about these?

I think that diet and weight loss groups are great as long as they offer support for everyone.  It is important that these be focused on healthy living and healthy weight loss not some type of contest for who can do a better job.

What are your top ten tips for weight loss success?

1.  Always keep trying and never give up.

2.  If one thing does not work, try something new.

3.  Stop saying tomorrow.

4.  Instead of binging, allow yourself the treats that you love most in limited quantities.

5.  Write down everything that you eat.

6.  Be accountable.  Find someone who you can check in with daily and be accountable to.

7.  Try new foods.

8.  Change your entire family’s meals to reflect your healthier goals.

9.  Tell others that you are on a journey.

10.  Ask for help when you need it most.

Remember that you can reach your health and weight loss goals, just like I can reach mine.  The biggest thing to remember is that you must keep going no matter what.

Ending Month 2 with a Bang…Shake the Crave Week #8

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I am so excited.  I ended month two down a total of 19 lbs from where I began.  I was so proud of myself for sticking with things and losing weight throughout the holidays.  I actually lost 11 lbs in 8 weeks and those 8 weeks were weeks where I would not have thought that I could lose weight.  I am so excited about everything.

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Now of course I will not say that it has been all peaches and cream but the reality is that Shake the Crave has been miracle during the toughest time of the year for me and instead of gaining weight like I normally do, I have found that I am losing and losing well.  I am so excited to see where this goes and to see what type of success I am able to find in the coming months.

Here are a few thoughts on different areas of my life and an honest account of what I have been up to these past two months…

The Shakes

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Well I still LOVE the Shake the Crave shakes.  I love that I get the variety of chocolate and vanilla.  I do choose chocolate most of the time, but I love to switch it up from time to time.  I did want to share a few notes about the different types of milk that I have made my shakes with and share my overall thoughts!

Notes on Different Types of Milk (Ranked Least Favorite to Favorite)

  • Organic Skim Milk — This was okay.  To be honest aside from chocolate flavored instant breakfast and protein shakes I have never drank a lot of milk.  So I might be an unfair judge of this one but the skim milk was honestly my least favorite and the one with the most calories so I do not foresee it being in my future.
  • Vanilla Almond Milk — I do not usually buy “vanilla” almond milk and I now know why.  My husband picked this up one time on accident so I figured that it would not be much different.  However it was and I have discovered that I honestly just do not like the vanilla almond milk much.
  • Sweetened Almond Milk — Another thing that I do not usually buy.  However in my small town there are times when the grocery stores have ran out of the unsweetened kind so it is my only choice.  While I would still buy it if the following were not available it is not something that I would go out and buy on purpose.  Plus it is like double the calories as the unsweetened kind and it really does not taste any different.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk — This was my standard until last week.  It was the one type of milk that I thought that I would always use for my shakes.
  • Sweetened Cashew Milk — The label said that this was “creamier” than skim milk so I was drawn in (good advertising on their part).  When I picked it up and saw that there were only 60 calories in a serving I was sold.  I can be “bought” by products that are low in calories.  I was shocked as to how delicious and creamy this is.  While I am not one to like milk I always loved fresh cream in things (obviously not a good choice if you are battling weight issues so it is not something that I have had in a long time!).  This is so creamy that you feel like you are drinking something bad for you when you are not.
  • Unsweetened Cashew Milk — When I traveled back to the store the next time I found this and it is amazing!!  Same great creaminess, half of the calories, and it blends great with the shakes.

Some Notes on the Plan

I will admit that I was not great about sticking to it although I know that it is only going to get easier.  So I am starting to write out a menu and to make myself write down every single bite that I put in my mouth.  I know that this is one of the best ways for me to remain accountable to myself and do what I need to in order to lose more weight.

The idea of the plan is that you drink your shake for two of your meals.  You can have a few small snacks.  (This is the FAIL point for me…I have big snacks and I like candy…so I fail all of the time but I am working on it.)  Then you eat one healthy meal.  While I stick to the two shakes a day…I have ate entirely too many snacks and have not been as good as I should have been with choosing my meals.  These are all things that I am slowly striving to change.

I am SLOWLY trying to work my way to where I am following my goal meal plan.  I know that taking a couple of months to get to the point that I make these choices all of the time, but I think that this is why I am finding success this time.  I am taking the time to do things slowly instead of jumping in feet first.

My Goal Meal Plan

  • Breakfast — Shake the Crave Shake with cashew milk and fruit
  • Snack — greek yogurt, raw veggies
  • Lunch — Shake the Crave Shake with cashew milk
  • Snack — protein bar (low sugar/healthy) or nuts (something with protein to keep me from making poor choices later)
  • Dinner — protein (likely fish, seafood, or chicken breast), vegetables
  • Snack — greek yogurt

I think that this is a great way for me to combine the meal plan that is promoted by Shake the Crave with all of the things that I love.