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Shaklee Cinch program results
It's time for my final Cinch post and I am overwhelmed with emotions while putting this together.
I have reached the end of my 6 month review for the Shaklee Cinch inch loss program. It has been an emotional roller coaster. I was surprised that I was even picked to participate to begin with. Then I was excited to start my journey. It quickly took a turn for the worst as I was trying to take care of myself and cope withe the death of my Dad. I hit a lowest of lows during the last 6 months. So low that I thought I didn't want to live. I got myself under control and picked myself up and carried on. During the 6 months of being on the Shaklee Cinch program I have learned a lot. I have learned a lot about portion control, what are good and bad carbs to eat, what to do when you get a craving for something, how. There were also things that I just had to remind myself of. Like you don't need a gym membership or expensive equipment to get daily exercise and just how important it is to drink lots of water daily. There are many small steps I took that all combined together with the Cinch program helped me get to where I am today. I have learned I am stronger mentally and physically than I ever imagined.
No I didn't go to a gym. I did workouts at home with my 4 year old. I chose to park the farthest from the store entrances so I had to walk all the way up and back. I chose to carry fewer bags of gorceries in to the house at a time so I had to make more trips back and forth (more steps walked). One of the main things I learned during my journey to a healthier me is that my emotional eating. I dont eat based on my feelings anymore, well other than real hunger. If I'm mad, I clean. If I'm sad I talk about it or sit a cry a bit then move on. If I'm happy I laugh and carry on with my boys. I no longer skip breakfast. I enjoy life in general. When there are celebrations yes I have cake but small pieces and sometimes thanks to Baby B and I don't even get the entire thing. I don't deny myself small treats, I have learned that moderation is key.
I went off track with my program during months 4 and 5 as I mentioned in my last monthly Cinch results update. I promised myself I would give this last month my all and I feel like I honestly did. I put in the dedication and hard work and got results. I still didn't reach my overall (6 month loss) goal that I had set in the beginning of all of this but I am over the moon excited for what I have accomplished. There is no one to be accountable with but myself. Yes I loved having the support of all the other Cinch bloggers and of course Sommer but I had to want to do this. Yes my family deserves to have mama around for as long as possible but I had to want to this for myself. In the beginning I wanted to feel loved. I wasn't feeling loved by some of the major people in my life and worst of all I didn't love myself. I felt horrible about myself. I didn't like the way I looked, I didn't like the way I felt. I hid my feelings and my body. If you saw me with a smile before it wasn't real. I could go with the flow around me and most of my days were lived as a "fake it til you make it" kind of thing. No one could really see just how bad I felt or how bad things felt to me in my life. Even when some of the troubles were revealed to some friends they couldn't believe how bad it really was. I even heard from one say "you never really know how bad it is in real life when you see someone who is a blogger in their online life." That really was true.
I share my journey with all of you in hopes that if someone is feeling the way I felt before that they know that there can be change. You can feel better. You can survive. You can succeed. Even if you feel no one else can or does love you, love yourself because at the end of the day that who is you need the most. Family members, your spouse or significant other or even your children. They all can love you but not in a way that you need to love yourself. Don't confuse self love for conceit. There is a difference. One thing I have learned about myself is that I need to focus my attention on what my body can do, not what it looks like. Yes I am basking in the enjoyment of smaller clothes but I know that I am not just smaller but I am healthier and I'm not trying to be "skinny" I'm trying to be healthy. I am trying to be the real me that I feel I am inside.
So just how did I do with the Shaklee Cinch? There has been some changes inside and out.
I lost 4 inches and 6.3 lbs. in month 6. My total inch and weight loss for the entire 6 months???
A good amount of change right? I still have work to do on toning my arms but I am well on my way to where I want to be.
A big thank you to some fellow Cinch gals- Maggie, Mandee, Jennae and Maribel who kept me going with their support and caring even though we were all trying to "win". Even if I am not picked as the winning blogger of the grand prize I still see myself as winning my own race. I think I said it best on my personal Facebook page yesterday...
It's amazing what a little sequins and glitter and extra couple inches in heels can do for a girl when she feels beautiful inside and out and that is so me now. I will continue my better health journey and I want to again thank Sommer and The Shaklee Corporation for allowing me to be a part of the Cinch Team #Cinchspiration. *wiping tears here* Win or lose of the grand prize I am a better woman because of y'all.
FOr my last video I learned how to use iMovie on my iPhone and tried to make the video a bit more interesting but still informative. What do you think?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation’s Team #Cinchspiration Campaign. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. Results and experiences are unique for each person, so results may vary. People following the weight loss portion of Shaklee 180 can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week.
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