Month 3 on Shaklee 180™ and Still Losing Weight!

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.

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 :)

The Island of Aruba is Happiness

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love to travel, but no matter where I end up I love being close to sandy beaches and cool blue water. Even living in New York, I've managed to settle just 15 minutes by subway from iconic Coney Island with it's iconic fair, white sand beach and wavy waters. So when we go on vacation, we often have these same needs in mind – blue water and fun ideas for everyone in the family from 18 months to 40 years old.

Aruba travel can help you plan all that you can do on this one happy isalnd – including where to find the island's hidden gems and beaches, shopping spots, where to enjoy the nightlife and other cultural activities. You can visit the Aruba 2013 calendar to pinpoint all the events happening when you plan to visit.

Aruba would be a great family destination with outdoor activities for the littlies that us big kids can enjoy as well. Some highlights are Arikok National Park, Ayo rock formations and Indian caves – sounds like the makings of a perfect adventure for my 5 year old Mr P!

Aruba also seems like a piece of paradise similar to my experiences in other Carribean islands  - self driving tours, resort lined turquoise water on the West, and sunset cruises and sails. It's difficult to find one happy island that has it all, but Aruba just might fit the blll. 

I've experienced one other Carribean Carnival in my lifetime and Aruba's Carnival sounds like a MUST attend event! Starting on November 11 at 11:11 am, their are contests, jump-ups and parades so huge they shut down Aruba's two citiies while they are running over the weekend. Sounds like November would be a great time to go and get away from North America's colder temps, don't you think?

If you are thinking of visiting Aruba, find out more about the area, including deals and tips at the Aruba website. 

What part of Aruba is calling your name?

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Getting Your Feet Summer Ready with Tree Hut

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Hut for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I read somewhere that feet are the hardest working parts of our bodies. They hold us all day and carry us from point A to B quite often not in the most supportive shoes. I try my best to have comfy shoes as I do so much walking from day-to-day. But on top of normal every walking, I am also a runner. Boy oh boy do my feet take a pounding!

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When I get the chance…You know in between kid wrangling, running, sleeping, keeping house, myself and husband sane, nothing is more relaxing and satisfying than taking care of my feet. Tree Hut has a range of Certified organic products that I'd love to try, particularly the Tree Hut foot scrub and the Tree Hut foot cream. I imagine that the 2 combined would give my feet the much needed pampering they require.

Besides being paraben free, both products have the tingly addition of peppermint oil and the skin repairing properties of organic shea butter. I am a big fan of shea butter, as it is really smooth, non-greasy way of adding moisture to dry skin. Made in the USA, the Tree Hut Foot cream also contains the anti-aging properties of natural Aragan and Rose Hip oils. 

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Can you imagine scrubbing your feet with real sugar to exfoliate dead skin for smoother feet? Taking care of my feet would be my top reason for going with Tree Hut, but they also have a Tree Hut hand cream with some of the same properties of the Foot cream. The best part of taking care of your feet is when you slip them back into your shoes and they feel light as air.

If you are looking for a paraben free product, not tested on animals, find out more about Tree Hut and make sure to like Tree Hut on Facebook and follow Tree Hut on Twitter. Tree Hut products can be found nationwide at Walmart.

Which Tree Hut product would you love to try?

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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…

Water fun in New Jersey at Coco Key Water Resort

Where else can you go within 2 hours of New York, yet still be close to historical Philadelphia and enjoy the fun of an indoor waterpark? Coco Key Water Resort in Mt Laurel, New Jersey is an affordable and quick trip from New York City. Once you’ve arrived, you have spacious accommodations, free entertainment for the kids on weekend nights as well as some weeknights, and splashy good fun.

To be honest, our little family arrived on Easter Saturday to a completely booked resort. Their was a lineup nearly out the door at the water park end for those who were trying to buy day passes to enter. Word to the wise, if you are only coming for the day and especially on a holiday weekend, save yourself some hassle and buy your tickets online.

If you purchase overnight packages at the adjoining Hotel ML, then their is no needed to worry about your passes as you purchase them with your accommodation. 

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