I didn’t start the New Year with any sort of specific resolutions or goals. But, it appears that 2013 might have a “getting healthy” theme around here. I recently shared some of the healthier lifestyle steps that we’ve been taking. What I didn’t tell you during that post is that I was participating in the FitFluential January DietBet. I’d never heard of dietbet before…have you? But, the competitive nature in me decided it was just the push I needed to be more convicted about making some healthy changes around our house, so I bet my $25 and signed up. And, as you can see, A LOT of other people joined the dietbet challenge too. The pot was HUGE!!! And, I’m thrilled to say that due to an almost 10 pound weight loss, I did successfully win the dietbet. Yay for losing! That meant I split the pot with all the other winners–I won $44.65!! Sweet!
During the 28 days of the dietbet, I made some big changes: Green smoothies almost every morning for breakfast, consuming way less carbs (especially cutting out a lot of processed carbs and actually eating mostly gluten free), eating LOTS more fruits & vegetables, snacking on high-protein foods, using My Fitness Pal (a free smartphone app) to track calories, staring back to Zumba again (just a couple of times during that time frame), and completing my first 5k —the Color Run! The weekend after weighing in for the dietbet, I completed my second 5k! This one was the LoziLu MudRun (more pictures & details coming soon!)
So, all of those changes resulted in my almost 10 pound weight loss over 28 days. Nothing earth-shattering in terms of pounds lost. But, in terms of being & feeling healthier, the changes have been drastic. My joints feel MUCH better; I’ve had almost no bloating or gas; and the change in my abdomen (especially my flabby, beneath the belly button, postpartum belly) is amazing!! I (stupidly) didn’t take measurements before. But, I’d estimate that I’ve lost at least 3 inches or more off my whole stomach region. It’s been great! And, for the first time possibly ever, I feel like I’m just making a healthier lifestyle change, not just doing a “diet”. I love it!
And, to add to that excitement, I’m thrilled (and possibly a wee bit nervous) to announce that out of almost 500 applicants, I was chosen as one of the 90 Shaklee 180 bloggers. So, starting March 1st, I’m going to have a lot of support and help from Shaklee in my quest to be a healthier (and lighter) mama. It’s newest endeavor and one that I’m really excited about! So, I hope you’ll come back to follow my progress!
Disclosure: I was not asked to write this post by any of the companies mentioned above. However, as of March 1st, I will be officially participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program #Shaklee180 and all of those posts will be sponsored. I will be receiving free products, online support and incentives for participating. All opinions & experiences are (and will be) entirely my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.