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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Cinch Challenge

It all started just over six months ago.  I was fresh off maternity leave from Bug and was struggling with not only my pregnancy weight from Bug, but also my leftover pregnancy weight from Ting.  I was heavier than I had ever been in my entire life.  I was determined and motivated to get the weight off, but I had no idea where to even start.  Money was tight and time was limited. It was going to take something big to get me going.

Then I got an email from the Shaklee Corporation.  I had been selected as one of 50 bloggers to participate in a blog challenge program.  Shaklee would provide a six month supply of their Shaklee 180 products.  All I had to do was use it and blog about my results.

They wanted goals.  What would my goals be? Where did I really want to be in six months?

I typed my goals with dreaded pessimism.  130 lbs, size 8 pants.  I would never be there, but at least I had submitted something.

The day before we began the program, I had Hubby take a "before" picture of me.

I saved it to my computer and didn't even look at it.  I was ashamed at how I looked.  Ashamed at how I felt.  I wrote this, my story of how I had gotten where I was.  And then I began the Shaklee 180 program.

Day One - I did exactly as instructed.  I wasn't hungry.  I wasn't tired.  I felt pretty good.

Day Seven - I was down five pounds! That was all the motivation I would need.  I could do this.

Month One - Another five pounds down.  My goals didn't seem quite so crazy anymore.

With each passing month I would type in my stats on my spread sheet.  I would take my progress picture and be totally and completely amazed at the progress I was making.  This was for real!

And here we are - the finish line.  It has been an amazing six months.  I have met some awesome bloggers who have inspired me to keep going.  A single tweet about my laziness could bring on encouragement from complete strangers.  A facebook post about a struggle was commented on by ladies going through what I went through.

I took my final pictures a few days ago.  I opened up my editing software and got to work on my final collage.  I pulled up my "before" picture.  Ting pointed to it and said "Who is that?"  It made my heart jump with pride.  I have changed so much in the past six months.

I can play with my kids.  I get a "lookin good" from the Hubby when I was by.  I get amazing words of encouragement from my co-workers.

So did I meet my goals???


I've been in a size 8 pant for about two months now. I'm also back into my old t-shirts.  As for my other stats:

Weight: 164.2 lb - 135 lb
Waist: 39in - 31 in
Hip: 43 in - 36 in
Bust: 39 in - 34 in
Arm: 12.5 in - 10 in
Thigh: 23.5 in - 20 in

That's 29.2 lb and 26 in down!

I can never say enough Thanks to the Shaklee Corporation for giving me this opportunity.  If you would like to read all my progress stories, watch my progress videos, and see charts and a photo timeline, be sure to check out my official Shaklee page.

Disclaimer:  Results and experiences are unique for each person, so results may vary. People following the weight loss portion of Shaklee 180 can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week.  I am a Team Shaklee 180 Blogger with the Shaklee Corporation. I received free products, incentives and prizes during the six month program.  All results and opinions are real and they are my own.  If you are interested in participating in the next Shaklee 180 Blogger program, please click here.

Karen W

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