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

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

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!!

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

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

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

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

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.

 

 

Weight Loss Highs and Lows … Shake the Crave Can Help

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

I will admit that I am Mrs NoWillPower.  That is right if I see something that I want to eat or have been craving.  I generally give in.  I don’t honestly know if this is not having will power or if it is being smart for me.  I know that everyone is different but if I am craving chocolate and do not just buy a box and allow myself a few pieces, I end up doing things like buying a giant bag (you know like the ones that you buy to fill candy jars!) and indulging in the entire thing.

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I think that there are a few things that you should know about how Shake the Crave has helped me.  First of all it is delicious.  If I am craving something sweet I usually do not have a problem with that temptation when I still have a shake or two to drink.  The shakes are also great at making me feel full.  I will admit that I might not have felt as full the first few weeks as I am starting to feel but it was not as hard as other diets have been.  For me the Shake the Crave program has been the easiest diet that I have tried in the last year and it is the one that has clicked for me and works for me.

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I knew that my jeans were starting to fit looser but I thought that it was a fluke and that there was no way that I could lose weight over the past week.  I did several “wrong” things that I am ashamed to admit to but let’s face it, I obviously still did something right because I broke through the 240s and weighed in at 239 lbs.  This is a HUGE accomplishment for me because I have not been able to lose below 240 lbs since Adeline was born, just over 3 years ago.

So I thought that I would open up about some of my dieting highs and lows that I have experienced these past seven weeks with Shake the Crave.

Highs

The highs are the great parts of being on a diet.  They are the things that keep me going and make me want to continue what I am doing for years to come.  They make this doable and are the points that I reach out to when I am struggling with the journey.

**Realizing that this is really something that I can do!  I know that this is something that comes naturally to some people but for me I have not felt like weight loss was something that I could accomplish.  I had struggled a little in the past but nothing what I have experienced the last three years and I now know that it is actually something that is actually going to happen for me.

**I can now wear clothes that I have not been able to wear for a while. I am no where near my goal clothes but feeling my jeans get loose that I could not wear at the beginning of my journey is great and very motivating to keep up the hard work.

**I have so much more energy too.  I used to fall asleep each night putting my kids to bed and now I have all of the energy that I need to stay up late with my husband.  It has been great having the energy to get everything done too.

**I feel better about myself and it is showing in so many areas of my life.  I am starting to enjoy the things that I did prior to gaining the weight and I am starting to feel good in my own skin again.

**Learning how to eat has really helped me.  I try to stay away from carbs and sugar (although I fail at the latter a lot!).  I try to choose healthier alternatives to my favorites.  I have learned to give into some cravings.  If I want a coke then I allow myself to have a coke as my snack.  Admittedly this is not the best or the healthiest snack but it is better than my alternative which is to binge drink a 2 liter because I have been craving coke forever.

**Finally my highest high was when I was out shopping the other day.  I used to love Banana Republic but have been too fat to fit into their sizes for a while.  No longer is this the case. While I will state that I am very squeezed into their largest size, I can still get them on.  Personally I do not want to look like a stuffed sausage so I will not be wearing the jeans out until I have lost a few more pounds but they are hanging in the bag on my dresser door handle to remind me each morning and each night just why I am on this journey.

Lows

There have been so many highs that I hate to admit that I have had some very big lows during my journey as well.

**One of my biggest lows has been learning that I am a binge eater.  That is right I binge eat.  I never thought this about myself.  In fact for years I lost weight when I was under high amounts of stress and to have that reversed where I shoot up in pounds when I am stressed has been a hard thing to deal with.

**I learned that my hormone issues were probably part of the problem with me losing weight but that the extra weight was probably causing me to have the problem.  For a few years I did not have regular periods.  I noticed that I really struggled with weight loss, fatigue, and acne.  What I did not consider was that the reason that I was struggling with all of this was because of the excessive amount of weight that I had put on.  I learned as I started to lose weight that I could have regular periods again and since then I have been consistent in my weight loss.

**I had to accept that my metabolism was never going to be what it was. No longer could I eat like I was eating and not have to worry about packing on the pounds.  I was going to have to do this the healthy way and that meant that I needed to be willing to make a lifestyle change or I was just going to end up in the same place that I had been in before.

**Finally I realized that I was not going to live a long life if I continued down this path.  I realized that my heart and other organs were not meant to work on a body at this weight and if I did not get to a healthier weight I was not going to make it very long in life.

**The last low and the one that is the hardest for most of us on a weight loss journey are those times when you slip up and fail.  Yes the times when you do not do what you are supposed to and you see the scale moving in the wrong direction.  Those are the lowest lows, the times when you might not feel that there is anything that you can do to change yourself or when you might feel depressed.  During those lows it is sometimes impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I spent a few years feeling sorry for myself and eating my feelings…but not anymore this is something that I am slowly learning to accept about myself and making a conscious effort to control.

Reasons I am On This Journey

Let’s admit it we all want to lose weight for different reasons.  Here are the top five reasons that I am on this journey right now, at this time in my life!

Reason # 5 — I want to feel good when I am in my own skin.  I know that I should love me no matter what I look like but I struggle with hating myself when I am overweight.  I just do not like feeling uncomfortable in my own skin.  I do not like that I can not do advanced yoga poses, not because I am not flexible enough but because I can not get past the extra pounds that are hanging around at my gut.

Reason # 4 — I want to be able to keep up with my children.  I have four young children I have spent the last few years unable to really play with them or keep up with them.  I have also shied away from activities like swimming where I have felt uncomfortable with how I look.  Instead of doing this any longer I want to be able to focus on me and how I can improve my health.

Reason # 3 — I want to climb a mountain.  One of the things on my bucket list is to hike in the mountains. We are going to Colorado this summer and I know that I will likely have to wear my three year old on my back for part of our hiking adventures.  I would really like to be able to climb that mountain and feel great when I am done.  So I am aiming to be in the best shape of my life before we go.

Reason # 2 — I want to be the type of mom that is a great example to my children.  I want to be a do as a I do mom instead of a do as I say mom.  I want to show my children how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle and to encourage that they join me on my journey towards health.

Reason # 1 — I want to live a long life.  Let’s face it obesity and heart disease are some of the leading causes of death in the US.  I do not want to be a statistic that is not around to enjoy life with my children and husband so I am trying to get in better shape to live a longer life with them.

I’d love to hear some of your reasons if you are on your own weight loss journey.  Share with me why you are trying to lose weight and let’s be a part of a network that learns to encourage one another rather than just being part of the network that is the problem and just talks bad about one another.

Tips to Get Back on Track with Your Health — A Look at Jumping Back after a FAIL in Week 6

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

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Let’s face it, losing weight is hard.  It is a challenge and a struggle especially when the world around you is tempting you with all of the things that are going to stand in your way.  I have to admit to all of you and my sponsors that week 6 was a huge FAIL in my Shake the Crave world.  I did not drink the shakes like I was supposed to, ate out, chose to indulge in fast food, and way too much junk that was around my house and at our family dinners.  I am proud to say that I woke up yesterday with a new outlook on week 7 and determined to make things different this week.  I know that I have got this and with a little extra push and actually starting a work out routine, I am hopeful that I will get into shape quicker and will be proud to report back after my next weigh in.  (**Note– I took a week off of the scales after knowing that a bad number or weight gain would really cause me to struggle and have more issues than waiting a week and reporting back with even the smallest loss.)

**You Can Get Back on Track Any Day

Let’s quit waiting for Monday.  Instead start your new life today, make the changes that you want to see happen now rather than waiting for later.  It has been my experience that later never really comes and just leaves you angry and disappointed with yourself which is honestly good for no one.

**Choose the Foods that Will Keep You on Track

There are so many great foods out there that it is easy to fall into a trap where you are choosing the wrong ones.  Instead of focusing on the foods that will make you fall off of the track, choose the ones that are going to keep you on the track.  Choose foods that you love and that are healthy even if it means that you are eating the same thing over and over again.

**Tell Friends and Family to Say Something if You are Eating Crap

This one is hard for me.  My husband pretty much sucks when it comes to weight and eats the worst foods for you without gaining a pound.  If he does gain a pound then he is able to cut out one little thing and lose all of his weight.  It is disgusting and something that is just not fair but it is the life that we live in and it is something that is going to help me to lose weight if he speaks up when he sees me binge eating on Cheetos and M&Ms at midnight.

**Have a No Food Time

Make sure that you have a time where you do not eat anything after a certain hour.  This will really help you to make sure that you are not binge eating before bed.  I am going to do a one small snack after dinner.  For me I need this small snack because I am often up working late and I want to be able to snack and enjoy myself.

**Each Morning Plan Your Day

One of the things that I learned a while back with a different program is how different your outlook can be when you plan for your foods for the day.  Put foods into small containers and know what you are going to eat for snacks and dinner.  So I am going to start planning my meals each morning.

Yesterday I knew that I was eating out so a few servings of raw veggies with a little bit of dip, and an apple were my snack choices.  I knew that I was going to eat higher calorie foods at my meal out so I picked snacks that were as healthy as possible.  With today being New Year’s Eve I have a few snacks planned that are “healthier” and I am going to have a clear vision of what I can eat when snacking later tonight.

**Don’t Worry About Eating the Same Things

People always told me that I would get tired of eating the same foods.  Well they were wrong.  I ate peanut butter sandwiches for lunch every day of grade school and junior high and guess what?  I could still eat a peanut butter sandwich everyday.  So I know that I do not tire of foods.  One of the best ways for me to stay on track with high protein is by eating curried chicken.  I could seriously eat curried chicken, fish or shrimp every single day of my life and never tire of it so I am going to be eating a TON of curried chicken over the next few months but if it helps me get on track and stay on track then curried chicken it is.

**Cut Out One Problem Food at a Time

Saying that I am going to eat “all healthy” does not work for me.  Nor does it work for most people because if it did there would not be so many people struggling to lose weight and get back in shape.  I am going to be cutting out one or two “foods” at a time until I get to where I am eating a clean diet.  For me this starts with cutting out two foods now…high fructose corn syrup and GMOs…while this might sound simple pretty much one or both of these terrible-for-you ingredients is in every single bad-for-me food that I eat.

**Start with a Few Big Goals at a Time

My goals are pretty simple as I start back on track…more water (this means that I will drink at least four of my water bottles full of water each day before I drink anything else), exercise at least a little bit each day (even if it is only 10 minutes, it is 10 minutes more than doing nothing), and finally to stick to the Shake the Crave plan (2 shakes, 2 healthy snacks…emphasis on the healthy, and one healthy dinner).

Tips to Keep on Keeping On When It Gets Tough — Week 4 with Shake the Crave

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

I am admitting that this has probably been the hardest week yet for me with Shake the Crave.  I struggled a lot this week and frankly I refused to step on the scale.  I did step on it and I was down another pound but after having a bad few days I was afraid of seeing a weight gain.  I am a real mom and a real wife and there are just times when it is a lot more difficult to keep pushing towards eating healthy.

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I am sure that every woman who has struggled with weight loss has been here.  My reason for not stepping on the scale is because I know me.  If I see a weight gain, I freak out and completely quit trying to lose weight.  Since Shake the Crave is working so well for me I did not want to fall into that trap.  I will weigh at the end of the week and I am hoping to see more of a weight loss.  I have lot 5 lbs total in 4 weeks.  I know that this is slower than what I would personally like but to be losing weight this time of year I feel really good!  I feel great that I am actually losing and doing something great for myself.

So I thought that I would share some of my tips to keep on keeping on when the going gets the toughest.  I need to remind myself of these things all of the time and I am continually reminding myself where I want to be in the end.

Tips to Keep on Keeping On When It Gets Tough

**STAY OFF OF THE SCALE

Yes, I am yelling this one at you.  Staying off of the scale is the hardest thing in the world for me personally.  I hate not being able to weigh myself daily but I can become obsessive and really lose focus when I see fluctuation from day to day.  Right now I am just really focused on eating healthy and trying to be more active.  While the holiday season is happening all around me I really am trying to avoid overeating and really am working on being as healthy as possible.  The way that I manage to do the best is by staying off of the scale.  Since the beginning of my weight loss journey I have lost a total of 15 lbs.  While I know it is not much, I know if I do things the right way that I am slowly getting closer to my goal.

**Celebrate All Losses

I will admit that I sometimes feel disappointed or discouraged when I am trying to lose weight.  Like right now it is really hard to celebrate weight loss when it is happening so slow.  However the fact is that I am losing weight.  That’s right, I am losing weight and I know that if I continue to celebrate each of the small losses that I will eventually be able to celebrate the big ones.  So I am celebrating that during the worst season of the year for weight gain,  I am slowly losing a few pounds here and there.

**Set Reasonable Goals

I am terrible at this.  I wanted to lose 102-122 lbs when I started.  It has been very difficult for me to set small reachable goals.  However what I have learned is that by setting these HUGE goals I would get discouraged with each small struggle along the way.  Now that I have been setting more reasonable goals for myself I have been seeing real results.  So if you ask what my next goal is…it is to lose 7 lbs over the next 4 weeks.  Should I reach this goal sooner and I sincerely hope that I do, I will make another short term goal that is reasonable and something that I can manage.  The way that I look at it is that I have the next two weeks with my kids home which means that we can all be a little more active together and I can really work on working out more…this has been something that I have been failing with.

Oh and I thought that I would now share my weight loss to date photos with you.  Here are my pictures from the beginning of the plan to now.  From the start of Week 1 to the start of Week 5.

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And for the side view

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I know that it is only 5 lbs but I feel like I am starting to see a change.  🙂  I definitely think that my thighs and butt looks a little bit slimmer!!

Tips to Be More Active — Week 3 on Shake the Crave

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

Being more active is so hard when you are busy!  I know most people do not understand just how busy I am and think that I have no excuse for being “lazy”.  My problem is a lot more than that. I write and I still work as a freelance writer which means that I am working all of the time, writing blog posts, and taking care of my kids.  I honestly RARELY watch TV even without doing something else at the same time.  So I do not ever get a chance to have extra time where working out would be easy. Here’s the deal though…I NEED to work out!!

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So I have started making it a priority.  Each day before I can eat food (I am still drinking my Shake the Crave shakes and water!) I have to work out. Funny thing is that this is working for me because I want to eat and I am disciplined enough to strike a few yoga poses or to do a quick workout if it means that I get to eat something at the end when I am hungry.  I know that this sounds like it is something that should have been simple before but it wasn’t and taking the time to do a few exercises each time before I eat is a great way to get into better shape without really thinking about it.

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So I wanted to share my personal tips for being more active.

Easy Ways to Be More Active

**Pave Your Own Way

If anyone else had told me what I had to do I would not have been successful.  I had to come up with my own plan and do something that I could stick with.  A short workout before each meal is something that I can really stick to and something that I am not going to have to “try” too hard to do.  It is kind of an effortless way of working out and many times it means that I am just doing some jumping jacks, squats, or pushups in the kitchen.

**Find Work Outs That Are Fun

Choosing work outs that you enjoy is also going to really help you to stick to your workout schedule.  This is a great way to ensure that you keep working out too!

**Look for Something YOU Will Stick To

Dieting has been a horrific journey for me because I lack commitment and motivation.  If I do not see the results that I want then I quickly give up and say “no more!” but with this I am able to really stick to it which means that I am having better luck than I ever have before.

**Find Great Things You Love

If you are not doing something that you like then it is highly unlikely that you are going to stick to it.  I find that I do best finding exercises that I enjoy and things that I want to do.  If I just did the exercises that everyone else was doing and I did not enjoy them then it would not be something that would work for me.

**Match Activity Level with the Foods You Eat

If you are going to indulge in unhealthy foods then you have to be willing to workout harder but if you are willing to relax a little and not push yourself quite so much then you can really enjoy the foods that you are eating without stress.

Exercising is hard work and something that I will admit is not natural or fun for me.  I love that drinking Shake the Crave is helping me to be more committed to my overall fitness levels.  I am able to lose weight quicker because I am working on being healthier for me.  Shake the Crave has been what has clicked for me to be healthier to do the things that I need to do to get in better shape.

So my week 4 goal is to be more active with Shake the Crave and to really amp up my weight loss.  I am down 1 pound from last week which I am happy with considering that we were out of town and doing a ton of things that we don’t normally do because of our youngest having a birthday party.  Thanks Shake the Crave for making it possible for me to avoid gaining weight!

Shake the Crave — It’s So Easy to Get Right Back on Track

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

So I know where my biggest struggle has laid while working on losing weight….being able to get back on track.  It is nearly impossible for me to get back on track after a few bad days.  I have struggled with every diet that I have been on, gained all of the weight back and then struggled to lose weight until I moved on to the next thing.  Yes ladies and gentlemen I was a serial dieter….well, no longer!

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This past week was Thanksgiving…yes a holiday that is centered around food and I managed to do well.  I ate fresh green beans (they did have a little butter and parm but nothing else), turkey breast and a few modest servings of not so good for you foods on Thanksgiving.  I managed to drink one shake that day.  The next day I left out of town for 2 days but I did still do one shake per day even though I ate two meals out each day…I tried to find healthier alternatives to the foods that I wanted which made me feel better about the struggle and trying to lose weight.

However I got back late last night and today I am back on track!!  That’s right I have been good and am drinking my second shake now.  I have even chosen healthy snacks which means that I am on my way to feeling healthier and better about myself.  Thanks Shake the Crave!!

I never thought that I would find a diet that was going to really show progress quickly and that I would love doing.  Diets were something that I struggled with because I HATED being on a diet again.  Shake the Crave is a program that I love…the chocolate shakes are so rich and delicious that I feel like I am doing something bad when I am really drinking something good.  I even find myself making better choices at other meals naturally which has always been a struggle for me as well.

This does not mean that it is a miracle or that I have quit struggling, I haven’t but it does mean that I feel better in my own skin and am gaining back some confidence that I have lost over the years.  I am even seeing a difference in how I look and it has not quite been 2 weeks yet.

Prior to week 1

week 1

Day 10

day 10

I am not sure what I have lost to date.  I am afraid to weigh after 3 bad days of eating so I promised myself that I would stay away from the scale for a while!  However I think that these two pictures speak volumes about where I have come.  You can see a pretty big difference in my belly and how much weight I have lost there alone which I feel is awesome!

My New Journey to a Healthier Me — Week 1

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

You probably already realize that I struggle with my weight.  I mean my struggle to get into better health is the most real struggle that I have ever been faced with and one that has made me feel bad about myself, embarrassed to go places, and more.  It has been the struggle of a lifetime for my own personal journey.  So I have been making major lifestyle changes and really trying a ton of new diets and programs.

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I have learned many things along the way including a lot about what is going to work best for me and my yo-yo weight loss/weight gain.  I love the Shake the Crave program and all that it offers me.  It really has been helping me to feel great, feel full, and watch what I am eating completely.  I do not feel tempted to cheat and I am encouraged to work out as I see the numbers lowering on the scale.

I thought for my first post about Shake the Crave that I would share with you a bit of the background about my weight struggles if you have not been following along on the blog.

I was always a medium build.  I wore a size 12 when I graduated from high school and felt huge.  I had a ton of struggles with confidence and ended up suffering from bouts of anorexia and bulimia throughout my first few years of college.  I did lose some of those pounds that I wanted to lose but I did not do it in a way that was healthy or okay.  Instead I did it in a way that caused me to probably have a lot more struggles now that I am trying to do it right.

Fast forward a bit to the birth of my first son.  Being pregnant was hard for me especially with his dad.  His dad commented on everything that I ate and made remarks about each pound that I gained.  It was very hard to have a healthy pregnancy when I was with him.  I gained about 98 lbs during my pregnancy and was HUGE when I had my son.  I quickly lost most of the weight and was about a size 14 after having Andrew for many years.  I finally lost the rest of the baby weight and then some and was between a 10 and a 12.  For the first time in my life I felt beautiful and confident with how I looked.

I then became pregnant with my second daughter and gained a little over 100 lbs during my pregnancy.  I had the exact same end weight that I did when I was pregnant with my first son.  I lost most of the weight pretty quickly after her and then promptly became pregnant with number three.  I again lost most of the weight after him and was in about a size 14 when I became pregnant with number 4.  Since having number 4 I have been struggling with being able to lose any of the weight and have maintained a size 16/18 figure that I am very unhappy with.
I weighed 258 lbs at my heaviest and this was the point when I said enough was enough.  I struggled but lost down to 247.  From 247 I again hit a wall and while I would occasionally drop down to 240, I would always end up right back at the 247 where I had begun.  Well four days into the Shake the Crave lifestyle (its really easier for me than anything else has been) I have weighed and am back down to 244.  I am hoping that this lifestyle is just what I need to reach my goals and kick off 2015 with a new healthier, trimmer version of me.

So in 4 days I was down 3 lbs!  I am determined not to put that weight back on and will be working out on a much more consistent level now in an attempt to feel better about who I am.

shake the crave

So what exactly is Shake the Crave?  Shake the Crave is a weight loss shake that was developed by Trusted Health Products.  It is made from natural ingredients that are safe for everyone.  The lifestyle is just 2 shakes a day, 2 or 3 snacks (trying to keep them around 100 calories each), and a healthy dinner!

21 Day Fix Prep Work

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

One of the biggest struggles that I have with weight loss and diets is that I am a mom of four. I can not afford to be buying super expensive meal plans or supplements that are only going to have me gaining back all of my weight when I am done.

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The 21 Day Fix is a program that I believe is going to be different. The results that others are having speak for themselves. Plus the program includes manageable work outs and a great introduction to clean eating. This is the type of program that I believe can be an introduction to a new lifestyle and cleaner eating for my family.

I can already pinpoint the areas in which I am going to struggle most…eating out and traveling. It is hard to stay on track when you are traveling and eating out. However I am learning to study the menu beforehand and to have my meal planned before I go. For instance, this Friday night I am going to be headed out with some friends. I have already studied the menu and know to order the grilled chicken breast cooked without oil, a salad with no dressing, and cottage cheese. While it might not be the type of food that I would normally choose when going out, I know that it is food that I can continue to eat for years to come so that is why I am going this route.

I also have an upcoming day trip with the kids coming up. I am determined to pack most of my food for the day. I know that by being prepared and having my food on hand that I will not only eat healthier but I am going to save money too so that is a win win situation. I will probably choose a Mongolian grill for dinner so that I can control what I am eating completely and again I will have it cooked without oil.

I was able to get all of the food that I need for the week from Aldi. Aldi is a great grocery shopping experience for those of us who need to stick to a budget when shopping. I was excited that I got all of the food for myself for the week for just over $70. I will include a grocery shopping post where I list the things that I already had in my fridge and pantry as well as what I purchased today while shopping.

21 Day Fix Chicken Prep

My prep work was pretty simple. I just cooked up 4 servings of chicken with 4 teaspoons of EVOO. It looks and smells delicious. I just wanted something precooked so if I was in a hurry I didn’t have to take the time to cook anything.

If you’d like to start your own 21 Day Fix Journey and come along with me on this adventure please feel free to contact Jackie at jackiebeachbody@gmail.com or to check out her website.