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My 6 month journey on the Shaklee 180 weight loss program.

I Like This About Myself…

Join me in doing a 180

disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.
Have you ever been asked what one positive physical or personal trait you like/love about yourself? Whoa, that’s a tough question to answer for most I’m sure. This month, the Shaklee bloggers have been challenged to answer that question. Truth be told, it was not an easy one for me to answer.

I like my smile, Mr BAM likes my arms...I think I like my arms too now!

I have a love-hate relationship with my smile. Sometimes I think I look like a horse, too gummy and too teethy (if that is a word). I think it has something to do with my upbringing. In our house, my Caribbean parents reprimanded “Don  skin up ya teeth!” For some reason in the islands, when you laugh and smile too brightly, you’re up to something, scheming…like a hyena. I’m going to make a crazy generalization here (cause I know it’s mostly true), watch a person who has been heavily influenced by Caribbean beliefs and you will notice that they cover their mouth when they laugh. I, for the longest time have rearranged the way I smile to make sure that I am not showing too much teeth, or too much gum – oh, it was a painful exercise. And if I smiled what I thought was too big in a picture, I automatically hated the picture. Meanwhile, others have told me what a beautiful smile I have. So, I started listening to people who told me that my smile lights up a room and now….

I luuuurrve my smile!

Below is exhibit A of “skinning up ya teeth”. I did this very freely just this past weekend!

Me on the right skinning up my teeth (cause I love my smile) with my sister and Mr BAM

Loving my smile some more

It was suggested that if we were having trouble with this exercise we should ask someone else what they liked about us. I asked my husband what physical trait he likes about me. At first he said “Their are many. I need context”. So in an effort to keep it PG for the blog, he settled on my arms. He has always liked my arms. He gifts me necklaces and tops based on what they will do to further enhance my arms. He said that since Shaklee my arms are becoming more defined. He loves to see the curves and the proportion of my fine wrists and long fingers.

My husband loves my strong, skinny arms.

I have to admit, I’ve noticed the definition coming in to and it’s definitely a part of my body I want to keep working on.

So lovely readers, tell me what physical or personal trait do you love about YOU?



Month 3 on Shaklee 180™ and Still Losing Weight!

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disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

This month I faced a few more challenges, and though I still had a loss I am a bit disappointed in my lack of willpower as I gave in to too many dinners out and other temptations. In the video, I talk all about how I feel I did this past month.

The nicest thing about this month is that I started to get compliments on my physique, my husband said I was definitely showing more definition in my arms. My sister that I haven’t seen since Christmas said she noticed the changes in my body – from smaller boobs (I’m down a cup size!) to a slimming in my face. I have to admit, I’ve noticed the change in my face as well.

I still can’t believe that I have lost 15.8 lbs in 3 months. I’m looking forward to the next (and final!) 3 months and seeing what my body can accomplish.  In my next post, I hope to share what’s swirling around in my head about what the end goal in this whole program looks like.

Is my tummy getting flatter in these pictures or am I dreaming?

As always, remember to follow along with me and the other Shaklee bloggers using the hashtag #Shakleeblogger on Twitter (@OMGhada) and Instagram (@ghadav).

I need your help to keep me motivated for the next 3 months!

Share your most motivational, kick up the butt words of wisdom, please :)



Eating the Italian Way with Rocco DiSpirito at #FitBlogNYC

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the invite-only #FitBlogNYC at the Mercedes Club in Manhattan. The event was put on by FITNESS Magazine, the only magazine I religiously devour in a bath when it arrives on my doorstep every month. I was lucky to have been able to sit in on conversations from sone of today’s great trainers, doctors and Chefs! I also had the opportunity to demo beverages, health food and apparel, yet I was under no obligation to write anything. I am sharing this post as hearing Rocco Dispirito speak was entertaining and engaging and in fact I will share more posts about the event soon!

Outside on a gorgeous day on the Mercedes Club rooftop listening to Chef Rocco Dispirito

Rocco Dispirito has what my high school religion teacher called a “proselytizing spirit” – meaning he can convert you into doing just about anything, kinda like a cult leader. This is a Chef that took his craft back home to Italy so that he could cook with the “mamas” and understand old Italian traditions as well as adapt them to a healthy lifestyle. His conversation with FITNESS Editor Pam O’Brien was frank and to the point with some new-to-me food ideas that I can’t wait to put into practice. One of the golden nuggets he shared was this:



Peak Inside My Healthy Fridge

Join me in doing a 180

disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

Within 2 months on the Shaklee 180™ program, I had managed to lose 13lbs. at the end of April. I am now just at the end of month 3 and the pounds continue to come off with a healthy dose of good food choices, exercise and of course Shaklee 180™ meal bars, protein smoothies and metabolic boost pills.

Sneak Peek at what I look like at the end of Month 3 - Look! White Jeans!

I’ll tell you right now, its not all been a bed of roses. Over Memorial Weekend my sister arrived from Canada and we celebrated my husband’s big 4-0 with friends…Hmmm, let’s just say that weekend deserves its own blog post :)

On the awesome side, this month I rediscovered Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and fell in love with Level 3. if you are looking for a quick workout that helps you condition your body from head-to-toe, check it out. Google 30 day shred or search on YouTube for free videos and 99 cent rentals. Jillian leads you through a rigorous 2o minute workout with abs, strength and cardio. It’s a fantastic boost to your metabolism and you gradually work your way from level 1 to 3 over 30 days. I didn’t do the 30 days religiously, but I did skip ahead to Level 3 rather quickly so that I could get that uncomfortable feeling that comes from your body changing, working hard, getting stronger.

I’ve had people on the blog and in real life ask what I’m eating (or not eating) to lose the weight. Even my own husband has questioned what I eat in the day when he is not around! He sees the healthy dinners, broiled fish, meatless chili, vegetable stir-fries and chicken salads, but he wondered…



Month 2 Shaklee 180™ Update [VIDEO]

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Hi-de-ho peeps! If you want to find out how things are going now at the end of my second month on the Shaklee 180™ turnaround kit, make sure to check out the video below. As a bonus you get to meet the little people that I often talk about here at Mama Goes BAM. Two months down and four to go! I hope you stick around with me for the ride :)

full disclosure: Mr P had a chocolate icy just before we taped this and Little Miss is just coming right from a tummy bug.

As always, remember to follow along with me and the other Shaklee bloggers using the hashtag #Shakleeblogger on Twitter (@OMGhada) and Instagram (@ghadav).

disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.


Learning to Accept Compliments and Other Hot Mama Problems

So I can tell you that the last 7 weeks on the Shaklee 180™ weight management program have been so great both for my physical and emotional well being. If you missed it, I did a video post at the end of last month detailing how much weight I’d lost at that point and what else I’d gained. Shaklee is providing me with a total of 6 months worth of products to help me on my journey to better health. I am just finishing up month 2 and can’t believe their are still 4 months to go (in a good way!). Basically my monthly box from the Shaklee Corporation includes 3 tins of non-GMO protein Smoothie mix, metabolic boost pills, tea, meal replacement bars and snack bars. You can see the products here on my personal page and even purchase if you are interested!

Ok, so these are the photos that started it all. The photos that have netted me compliments about how good I am looking. Including from people who don’t even know that I am trying to lose weight.

Classy family, right? :)

– photos from Rachel Knowles Photography