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

Throwback Thursday: You Get What You Train For!

It’s not often that I thank Facebook for ANYTHING, but with recent changes to the newsfeed (again!) I have rediscovered old notes that I had written. Remember notes? They are kinda like mini-blog posts/diary entries where you could tag people. Well, lo and behold  I found a note I wrote about my very first half marathon from Sunday, May 1, 2010! I thought seeing as I have just completed my third and first ever in the US that it was fitting to share this. I also wanted to point out how truly crazy I am, having run my first hal marathon less than 6 months after completing C25K, plus it was a cross country race!

 Oh and not to be a Debbie Downer, but check out my chubby cheeks! I’ve mentioned it before that even though I was running regularly, my nutrition was just not up to par. I was fooling myself into believing that I could eat whatever, whenever because I was running 4-5 times per week. Proof that what you eat and how you exercise go hand in hand. You can’t have positive results if one is missing. Hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane!

First half marathon May 1, 2010 vs April 25, 2013. Can you see a difference?

A Heavy Hearted More FITNESS Half Marathon Recap

I ran the More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 14 and it is a day I will never forget. It will go down in history for me as crossing something off my bucket list that I have wanted to do for a very long time. Though it was my 3rd half marathon, it was the first time that I was running in an all women’s race and in New York City to boot. Two and a third loops of Central Park and I was done

I was so excited about writing this recap, but subsequent horrific and deadly events at the Boston Marathon the next day numbed me, left me unable to write this until now. It’s nearly a week later and my brain is still reeling, my heart is till very heavy. I have spent the past week since my half marathon stretching, doing yoga and walking. I haven’t ran yet, to be honest the ‘thought’ of it makes me a little sad rather than energizing me. I think my body was ready to run again on Thursday, but emotionally I just have not been ready to. On Sunday, I’ve booked myself in for an easy 5 miles. I’m sure it will do me some good both physically as well as emotionally to put the anger and sadness that I have felt post Boston behind me.

Besides the carnage, loss of life and senselessness of it all, the thing that really shook me personally was how  elated I was to have my family cheering me on at the finish line. Mr BAM, Mr P (5 years old) and Little Miss (17 months) were so happy to see me, and I them. I can only imagine how heartbroken it would be to feel responsible as a runner for the injury or death or your personal cheering squad. Mr BAM and I have since talked about future races. Would I expect to see them at the finish line? How would he feel about brining the kids to one of my races? It’s all still blurry but hopefully time will heal all.

The quote above was taken from Kathrine Switzer, the first women ever to official enter and run the Boston Marathon. I thoroughly recommend you read her book, Marathon Woman. It’s a phenomenal read for any woman facing societal challenges and striving to carve out her own path – I  promise, you don’t need to be a runner to enjoy this, strong women only! And if you are a runner then it is a MUST read to understand how easy we have it nowadays as female runners. I chose to share the quote because once upon a time, it was so true – the events in Boston have changed this, but hopefully as a community we will get back there.

Now onto the recap…

Weight Loss with Shaklee 180™ More than Just Numbers

A month has passed since I first told you that I was starting on my 6 month journey with the Shaklee 180™ weight management program. I Started March 1 with the program, replacing 2 meals per day with smoothies or bars and eating one healthy meal usually at dinner. My snacking has returned to more healthful eating of fruits and vegetables instead of hectic snacking on junk food, calorie rich foods with really no nutritional benefit do not even enter into this house anymore.

Cutting out the sugary daily treats means that I dropped 6 pounds quickly in the first 2 weeks. The weight continued to drop over the last 2 weeks of the month as I upped my running and strength training for next week’s More FITNESS Half Marathon. I’m thrilled with the results in terms of the numbers, but I’ve also learnt that weight loss is definitely about more than just numbers and I talk about this in the video below.

Look Ma! No (or at least very little) back fat!

#Shaklee180 is Fueling My Passion to Run

Running is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve stopped started many times before, and it wasn’t until 2009 that I discovered the Couch to 5k (C25K) that I was actually able to run without stopping, first 5k, then 10K and finally my first half marathon in May 2010 and my second in November of the same year. My biggest problem was always my inability to allow myself to build up strength over time, C25K helps you do this. Even though I’ve continued to run over the past 3 and half years, I’d kinda stalled. I couldn’t go any faster, my stamina during training was not the greatest and though my body was shaping up to be a runner’s body I still suffered ankle and back injuries.

When I started Shaklee 180™ at the beginning of March, I was anxious, scared and excited. I was most anxious about starting this new weight management program in the middle of my training for the More FITNESS Half Marathon in mid April The training has already been hard. Our family has been riddled with cold, ear infections and just generally knocked around by old man winter. I was worried that 2 smoothies a day would not be enough to fuel my body. One green smoothie a day 2-3 times a week I was used to, but this would be different.

To my surprise, the change in my energy once I started Shaklee was almost immediate. I stopped snacking, I increased my water intake to a level that I didn’t think was possible, and meatless mondays extended to 3-4 days per week. For me (and I hazard a guess for most people!) white sugar is not a friend of mine! I was fooling myself before Shaklee 180™ – convincing myself that I deserved that sweet treat cause I’d just ran 5 miles. But most of all, I don’t think my muscles were getting the protein they needed to bounce back.

I've shaved 30 secs/mile off my time. Crooked smile with frozen lips, at least my hands are warm :)

I am a Shaklee 180™ Blogger

I am super excited to announce that I have been accepted into the Shaklee 180™ Blogger Program! What is it you ask? Well, I’d really like for you to watch the video below to find out more about Shaklee 180™ and what it means for me and Mama Goes BAM. If you don’t have time for the 3 minute video, skip below for a rundown of what I babble about in the video :)

My journey has yet to start, so I’m really hoping you’ll come along with me and learn with me. This program will be the jumpstart I need to help balance my exercise regimen, my sweet tooth and energy level. In a nutshell, this is what I covered in the video:

  • I am excited to be part of the Shaklee 180™ program!
  • Shaklee 180™ is a weight loss program
  • I am taking part in the Shaklee 180™ blogger program for 6 months starting March 1
  • I am taking part in the program while continuing to train for my next half marathon mid-April
  • I think I mention again that I am excited to be part of the Shaklee 180™ program!
  • I will be sharing regular photo updates of my hopefully shrinking belly
  • It is going to be hard to share these photos, so I will need your support!
  • My updates will have both the highs and lows, but hopefully their will be more highs than lows
  • And lastly…I’m excited to start this journey :)
I’m looking forward to catching up with you all in the next couple of weeks once I’ve gotten started and when I’m sure I will have much much more to say!
All of our journeys and goals will be different – some of us want to lose more weight than others. So even if you don’t relate to my story over the next 6 months, you might find one you relate to here, from the list of 90 bloggers.

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. 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.