This is going to be a hard post to write. My heart is starting to beat a little bit faster even just typing it. I feel like I need to share a little bit about where I’m starting from and where I hope to go in my journey with Team #Cinchspiration.
I’ve struggled with my weight for about 10 years, roughly around the start of college. The Freshman Fifteen, plus about ten more every year of college led to a pretty unhealthy place by the time I graduated and got married. Our first year of marriage, my husband and I did what a lot of newlyweds do – we went out for dinner many nights a week and when we were home, I played the role of Suzy Homemaker, cooking and baking extravagant meals to prove that I was a good wife.
You can see where that got us. Many extra pounds for both of us. So we dieted. We tried several diets that I couldn’t tolerate (one of them involved massive amounts of artichokes) and had great success with one well-known weight-loss company. I achieved a goal weight, a huge deal for me, but soon got pregnant with Miles. Less than a year after having our first son, I was pregnant with Spencer. After having two children in 19 months, I’ll be honest: I got lazy. I was tired of controlling everything I ate. I was sick of counting it all up and too exhausted to spend the time I needed on myself.
I went through phases where I would try hard…for a few days. I would get up and at ‘em, taking the boys for a quick walk around the neighborhood…and be exhausted and not do it again for weeks. It got to the point where I just didn’t care. I stopped caring about what it was doing to me and my health. On Monday’s initial weigh in, I was at my highest (non-pregnant) weight in five years.
Shaklee’s Team #Cinchspiration has given me the motivation and encouragement I need to care again. It’s now been almost a full week on the program and I’m being honest with myself in my food tracking, I’m feeling energized and satisfied with my choices, and I can go to bed feeling proud of myself for being active.
My goal is to lose 50 lbs. on the Cinch program and I can feel it — I WILL do it.