Making Health A Priority With Shakeology

Brandy

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.

Shakeology Greenberry Vanilla Chocolate

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.)

Shakeology Recipe

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.


Author:
Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

12 Comments

  1. Gingermommy
    May 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Good luck! I need to drink more water. I find shakes and smoothies help. I often skipped breakfast

    • Brandy
      May 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I used to skip breakfast when I was a kid but now I just can’t. It’s something I look forward to every morning. Lunch time I dread. LOL! Getting water in is tough if you don’t enjoy how plain it is. Thankfully, it is all I really drink (I can’t have pop, not a big tea drinker and can’t stomach coffee. LOL).

  2. Jenn
    May 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Good for you girl! I need to eat better. I’ve been working out 3x a week for two months now, but my eating is AWFUL!! Do you know if they are Gluten free??

    • Brandy
      May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Watching what I eat is a struggle too. I’ve counted points on Weight Watchers but felt too restricted. Tracked calories on MyFitnessPal but always go over my limit. And snacking at night is my big downfall! I will check with my coach regarding the shakes being gluten free. I don’t think they are but I will let you know.

  3. Little Miss Kate
    May 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Getting enough sleep is so important – when you are tired it is almost impossible to get motivated to exercise.

    • Brandy
      May 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      I really need to work on my sleep habits. And you are very right, it is hard to motivate yourself to do anything when you are tired. I just really enjoy my quiet time at night. LOL!

  4. melissa
    May 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    ugh the weight struggle is so hard! I try really hard not to think about the numbers but it is so hard. Right now I am pregnant so I have to watch and it is sooo hard but necessary. I think I may have to try these after baby arrives!

    • Brandy
      May 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      I have tried to not think about the number on the scale and not let it define me. It is so difficult! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
    May 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Great, honest review. I really appreciate that you said you had trouble with the flavour at first. So many of them can be offputting. Great that you were able to find a balance. Looks like a great product.

    • Brandy
      May 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      I am still having a wee bit of trouble with the flavours/textures. Not sure what I am going to do. I really wanted to be honest in my review. I wish I liked the product as much as other people seem to.

  6. Tan of Squirrelly Minds
    May 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Oh gosh I hear ya. I too am small (5’4) and about 10 lbs over my normal weight. I had to quite dancing earlier this year and have been horribly inactive since, and feeling awful! I need to take some inspiration from ya

    • Brandy
      May 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      That is too bad you had to quit dancing. It is not fun when you cannot do something you love to do! I wrote about my second week of using Shakeology and the post is live now. Maybe we can motivate each other to get a little more active in the coming weeks! I need to lose this extra weight as summer is quickly creeping up on us!

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