I would like to start this post by admitting that I have a sweet tooth, hate to work out and have a job/lifestyle where calorie-filled glasses of wine are often thrown at me for free. Let me also say I have never wanted to be “skinny”. I wasn’t born that way and I love who I am. I think I’m beautiful no matter how much I weigh.
However, from time to time I wish I was healthier and that being said, I have a few extra pounds my body could definitely do without. I’ve tried to lose these pounds with Weight Watchers, with diet pills, with Slim-Fast, with the basic good diet/exercise routine and even by… having my ears stapled (I know – where do they come up with this stuff). These things have only been temporary fixes.
So, at the ripe age of 28, I had just decided I would embrace my 170+ pounds of beautiful and occasionally watch my portions and work out when I felt like it. But, then something happened. I saw a photo of a friend’s transformation on her Facebook page. Now, Megan was beautiful before, but a post of her smiling self in a tiny bikini got my attention. She introduced me to a line of products called Herbalife. This is the product that helped her lose 16.5 inches in her first six weeks (not sure of her current total now).
I wasn’t looking for a magic pill. I wasn’t even really looking to get too serious about weight loss. I had gotten lazy and I was fine with that. But, last weekend I started using the Herbalife products. I have a shake for two of my three meals a day. I take four capsules of various supplements at breakfast and lunch and I take three at dinner. I drink “energy and metabolism boosting” tea in the mornings. I eat whatever I want for my third meal. Having tried Slim-Fast before, I didn’t think I would like drinking my meals, but the Dutch Chocolate and Cafe Latte shake powder I ordered make delicious treats!
Herbalife is supposed to work even without intense working out. I lost four pounds in the first couple of days (I’ve gained two back thanks to it being Girl Scout cookie time – ha). I’m holding strong at three inches lost. But, no matter how my results progress, Herbalife has given me something I wasn’t expecting. Maybe it was the chunk of change I coughed up to buy the products, but the amazing thing about my Herbalife journey so far is that I’ve worked out HARD four times in the first week… and I enjoyed it! It has to be something psychological that says “you need to get the most out of this experience”. Or, maybe it’s the caffeine in one of the tablets – ha. But, whatever it is, I feel great! I feel committed. I feel fit (already).
It’s not going to be easy, but instead of embracing my 170+ pounds and my tub of Monster Cookie ice-cream, I’m embracing my health. And, it’s not to look good in a bikini or to impress anyone. It’s for me, for my body, for my well-being.
So, if you’re struggling with fitness as I always have, find something that inspires you. I’ve never felt this empowered to change my lifestyle. But, I’m definitely excited!
P.S. There is a “before” photo of me in a swimsuit, but you’ll just have to use your imagination. For some reason, I can’t get it to post to my blog;) But, here’s a fully clothed one that worked.