Shaklee 180™ Update: End of an Era, Beginning of a Better Life


disclosure: I am part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program but was under no obligation to post this post. I am posting because I would like to give my lovely readers a chance to experience Shaklee 180™ .  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.

I can’t believe that the 6 months journey on Shaklee 180 is coming to an end. Six months ago, I started on this program excited and nervous as well as a little unsure of how successful I would be. Afraid to disappoint myself, I thought 10 or 15 lbs was all I needed to lose. Apart from my fear of not meeting my goal, I also had unrealistic view of my health and what I looked like.

Somewhere early on in this journey I realized that I am stronger than I thought I was.

I became more conscious of what I was putting in my mouth. I became more confident in all parts of my life – personal, family and career. I got my love for sugar under wraps, and I realized how even something so simple like constant snacking was affecting not only my weight, but my mood, which in turn affected the whole family.

I’ve been running since the end of 2009, but never has my nutrition and my health ever been in sync. Never has my running improved as much as it has while I’ve been on Shaklee 180™. I’ve been able to face the facts that you can’t just eat whatever you like because you run. You still need to fuel yourself with nutritious foods and stay very well hydrated. 

My new reality

I am sitting after a day at Disney World and besides being tired, I feel good. I didn’t overindulge in too many sweet treats, and I didn’t pig out at the buffet lunch – for me, it wasn’t even an option. Shaklee 180™ has taught me how to eat properly, how to think about what I’m eating and to actually recognize when I’m hungry. I’ve thrown myself into researching healthier snack and meal options. I’ve stopped making the same old same old for dinner an challenged myself to cook healthy meals the whole family can enjoy.

I love that I’m not worried about my days as a Shaklee 180™ blogger ending. The support I’ve received over the last 6 months have taught me so much.

So you want to Shaklee

Do you research, I did. You’ll find out that the smoothie mix is non-GMO soy. You’ll find out that you have online and mobile support as well as great tasting bars and snacks. You’ll see others that have gone before you and are now successfully living their happily after after. And in the end you need to want to lose weight, because losing weight is not easy. You’ll have triggers that will set off binge eating, late nights that have you munching and your time of the month that make you bloat and retain water.

If you want to read my journey with all of its ups and down, they are all here.

Last month, I talked about my goal weight to fall within a certain weight range (check that post out if you want to know why I didn’t pick an absolute number). And at the end of this 6 months I am happy to say that I still fit into that range. Though I am up two pounds from last month, I’ve lost 4 inches this month alone. I’m not beating myself up about this, August has been a tough month at work with family visiting and now being in Disney. In fact, I know that I have dealt with erratic eating patterns and stress in stride.

Shaklee 180 is a lifestyle, not a diet that stops.

I like who I am now. I like how I feel after a dinner out when I am not stuffed. I like that when I do have dessert, I share it with my husband or the kids – because who really needs a humongous piece of cheesecake.

My final results

I have to admit that sometimes, I still don’t see that I’ve changed. I know that I have, but the mirror can be my worst friend. Through it I can see my dimply skin and my saggy arms. But on most days, I can see that my arms are more toned, my face is trimmer and that my tummy is getting tighter. I’ve gone from 187 pounds to 162, I’ve lost 7 inches in my waist, 5.5 in my bust, 3 inches in my hips and 0.5 in my arm. I wanted to feel stronger, more alive and at peace with my eating – I’ve achieved all of that.

I just have to keep at it, and it gets easier with everyday.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to tell me that I have inspired them, or that I look good. Being able to inspire others is a great gift.

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16 Responses to Shaklee 180™ Update: End of an Era, Beginning of a Better Life
  1. […] Hopefully you have been able to see my before and after photos which I wrote about a couple of days ago. I also wanted to catch up with you all one last time to encourage you to ask me questions if you have about Shaklee and to keep being my support system. I am always willing to do the same for any of you if you decide to go down this important heath self-discovery with Shaklee 180™ . […]

  2. Ashley S
    September 3, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Way to go! You look great!
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    • Ghada V
      September 10, 2013 | 8:56 am

      Thanks, Ashley! It helps me realizing how far I’ve come seeing these 2 images side by side :)

  3. Amber (Metro Detroit Mommy)
    September 8, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Wow… look at you!!! You can really see a difference in your before and after photos. Congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the healthy living:)
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    • Ghada V
      September 10, 2013 | 8:57 am

      Thanks, Amber. I plan on keeping it up! Being part of Shaklee for 6 months has really helped build some great habits.

  4. Winter
    September 9, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    You look sensational and you’re very inspiring! Huge difference in your before and after photos :)
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    • Ghada V
      September 10, 2013 | 8:58 am

      Winter, if I inspire just one person to get healthier I will be a very happy girl! Thanks for the kind words :)

  5. Meghan @JaMonkey
    September 10, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Great job!
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  6. Holly
    September 11, 2013 | 5:50 pm

    You looked great before but MAN You look amazing now!
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    • Ghada V
      September 22, 2013 | 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Holly :)

  7. Amanda @ Marocmama
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    September 16, 2013 | 5:31 am

    Way to go – you look amazing!
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  8. Brittney Minor
    Twitter: brittleby
    September 18, 2013 | 5:44 pm

    Great job! You look amazing!

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