Making Health A Priority With Shakeology
Ever since I was a little girl I have struggled with my weight.
It seems as though I have tried everything to try to lose weight and keep it off.
At some points I even become obsessed about my weight. I got to a point where I would weigh myself everyday.
Over the years I did manage to get my weight down to a point that I figure is where my body should be. It always seemed to be the weight that my body constantly returned to.
Currently, I am ten pounds above my usual weight. I know. It doesn’t seem like a lot but on my small frame it is (I’m only 5’3″ tall). My clothes do not fit as they should. And my self-confidence is at an all-time low.
To help get me on a path to better health I decided to try something new – Shakeology. Shakeology is a meal replacement shake jammed packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and much more.
According to the website Shakeology can help:
- build and repair muscles
- promote ideal blood sugar levels
- fight cravings and feel full longer
- promote a strong immune system
- protect the body from stress
- support brain function
- aid in digestion
So, I figured why not give it a try? I am not typically one to drink my calories but I figured giving up one meal a day in exchange for a healthy shake should not be too difficult.
My coach provided me with three different flavours of the shake to try – Vanilla, Greenberry, and Chocolate.
Along with drinking my daily shake I hope to make a few other changes in the coming weeks.
This week I will focus on a few small goals:
- start to wear my pedometer and aim to get more steps in than I did the day before
- drink at least 6 glasses of water a day
- go to bed at a decent time
I will report back to you in a week and let you know how my challenge is going.
A week later…
This first week went by really quickly. It may not have been the most successful but I made it through.
I was really excited to try Shakeology on day one. I went all in – head first.
For my first shake I tried a packet of Vanilla Shakeology. I mixed it with yogurt, frozen fruit, hemp hearts, milk and a bit of water. (My coach provided me with a link to a ton of recipes to experiment with.)
To be honest I did not like the taste of Vanilla Shakeology at all. I could really taste the powder and it was off putting. I thought adding the fruit and yogurt would help improve the taste (as I have used powdered shakes before) but it didn’t seem to make a difference. I was really apprehensive try another shake.
My coach said to try taking half a packet of the shake and see if that would help. And it did. I switched up the flavour of the Shakeology I was using as well. I made my second shake with Greenberry Shakeology and I enjoyed it much better. Since I am such a chocolate lover I thought that I would love Chocolate Shakeology but it was almost too sweet for me. But I did like it better than the vanilla flavour. I also modified what I put into the rest of my shakes. I decided not to continue using the hemp hearts and used half the amount of frozen fruit and milk than I did in my first shake.
After only a week of using Shakeology I cannot say definitively that anything has really changed. I checked my weight in the middle of the week and I was down almost one pound. This morning I checked again and I am actually up one pound from my original start weight on day one. This could be due to a whole host of things. This weekend was tough for me because we were celebrating the husband’s birthday and we ate out twice. Since I have a hard time eating out in restaurants I did not eat my meal last night until 8:30-9:00 pm when we returned home. Plus, my sleep was not the greatest for the last few nights.
Wearing my pedometer was a real eye opener. I realized that I really do need to move a lot more than I have been.
My energy levels are not any different either. Maybe things will improve in the next week.
In the next week I plan to:
- take a walk for 30-60 minutes at least four days this week
- modify my eating habits
- try again to go to bed earlier
- and drink more water
Wish me luck.
Disclosure: I was provided with Shakeology from Beachbody Coach Joyce for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.