Friday, December 21, 2012

Month 6 FINAL Shaklee Cinch Weight Loss Update

I have put off this post until the very last moment.  I did this not because I am a procrastinator but rather because by not writing this, I am not really done with my #Cinchspiration challenge.  Lets face it, I have had a blast over these last 6 months and I really don't want to see this journey come to an end.

 My Beginning: 

Growing up I was always an active kid.  I played a lot of sports and I was always running around at night playing kick the can or some other fun kid game.  I would bike everywhere and I never had to worry about my weight.  I was fortunate.

In middle school, being bulimic was kind of a fad and a lot of the girls in my school did it.  I jumped on the bandwagon too as many young, impressionable kids do.  I wanted to fit in.  I wanted to belong.  I wouldn't say that it was something I was compelled to do but rather something I did for acceptance.  Middle school was a nightmare.

Me and My Older Brother at Graduation 1999

In high school I was on the swim team, I taught swim lessons, I played Varsity tennis, I was a Varsity Cheerleader and I golfed.  I loved being active and it was something I did for fun.  Everything seems fun in high school.  I had a lot of friends and I loved my life.  (If you are in high school and reading this I want you to know that you should just enjoy your life because life is AMAZING and full of rewards.  You need to work hard to get what you want out of life but its well worth it).

My Middle:
After high school graduation I went off to college and moved into a dorm.  At first, I walked/rollerbladed everywhere and I loved it.  I went all over my new town and I explored the trails, I swam the waters and I breathed in my first taste of freedom.  I loved being on my own.  I relished my new life and hit me.  As I was going to parties and eating a lot of junk food the weight hit me.  By the end of my sophomore year I was almost 40 pounds heavier than when I graduated high school.  4-0-POUNDS!  Over the course of my college career I managed to gain about 50 pounds and then, a couple of years after graduation, I got pregnant.  Thankfully I got pregnant at a time when I was working out and eating well so I wasn't really big to start.  I did gain about 50 pounds but I lost that pretty quickly thanks to breastfeeding and eating well.

Fast forward to Spring 2012.  Here I was, Mom of 2, wife of 1 and restaurant worker.  I was stressed and my body was hurting.  Something had to give and I was certain that it wasn't going to be my resolve.

My Final Destination:
Last May when I took a leap of faith and applied to be part of this amazing #Cinchspiration team.  I didn't think about it much after I applied because, to be honest with you, I hate disappointment.  I thought about it about a week before the announcement and that next week crawled.  Forward to June 1st when I saw this post.  I nearly fell off my chair because I was so excited.  I admitted that I had a problem with weight loss and someone, no, an entire company, believed enough in me to give me a chance to lose weight the Shaklee way.

It all started with  I bared it all when I decided to do my pictures in just a sports bra and a pair of light shorts.  I didn't want to hide anything because its easy to look skinny under clothes but nearly naked would make me more accountable for my actions.  So there it was, out there on the internet for all to see and to make me accountable.  A few days later, I quit my restaurant job that I loved because I needed a healthier atmosphere.  I needed to NOT be around food all the time and after being at that job for almost 11 years, it was more like a lifestyle.  I made a BIG change because I wanted and needed Cinch to save me....for my sake, for the sake of my children and for the rest of my family who cares about me.

Day One came and I survived.  In fact, I survived Day Two as well. Before I knew it, Months 2, 3, 4 and 5 were in the books and here we are today.  I have been thinking about all of the things that I wasn't able to do before Cinch that now, I am proud to say I am able to accomplish.

1) Before Cinch, I couldn't run up the stairs because my knees would hurt, I would be too winded and my belly hurt.  Now, my kids have a hard time keeping up with me.

2) I couldn't look at a piece of candy/cake/carb without shoving it in my face.  Now, I ask myself "are these calories worth it?"  The answer is almost always NO.

3) I would run by the mirrors and never stop to look at myself.  Now, I stop and stare at my flatter belly and slimmer hips.  I can't believe that this is my body, post kids nonetheless.

4) I couldn't take a compliment because I felt people were just saying "you have such a pretty face...." Now, I have worked hard mentally and physically to be where I am today and I am proud of myself.

5) I was wearing a size 20 pant (the largest size I ever was) and even they were sometimes too tight.  Now, I am wearing a 14/16 and can't believe that I am in my pre-pregnancy pants again!  I never thought I would see that day!

I have learned to take it one day at a time.  I realize that I didn't gain 73 pounds overnight so I knew I wanted to lose the weight at a pace that would allow my mind to catch up so I am intellectually empowered to keep the weight off.  Too often in the past I felt as though I had lost X amount of pounds so I felt I "earned" treats and those treats eventually lead me to the me that was 228 pounds.

I am ever so grateful for the opportunity to represent myself and my blog in the Shaklee #Cinchspiration challenge.  No matter what the outcome I consider myself a winner.  I lost 30.25" and 34.5 pounds.  What I lost in fat, I found in confidence and there is nothing in this world that can give someone that boost (especially when they need it the most).  I found it through amazing friendships (Jacki, Jackie, Maribel, Jennae, Brooke) and amazing products.  Cinch™ tastes amazing, is super easy to fit into my busy work-at-home-Mommy-life and I love knowing that they are all natural and GMO free!

Shaklee Cinch Review  Weight Loss

(What is up with that crazy still shot from the video?  I look like I am in pain!)

2013 is in a few short weeks and this is the year that I hit my ULTIMATE goal of 165 pounds.  I cannot wait to have the "right to bare arms" this summer.  Follow me through this amazing continuation as I know Cinch™will be along for the ride too!

*The Cinch™ program was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my candid reviews, honest journaling and future success!  All opinions and comments are 100% my own. No other compensation has been given at this time*

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide 2012 + GIVEAWAY

If you have a little boy at home, chances are you have heard of The Trash Pack.  You know, the Gross Gang in your Garbage.  Dexter has been clamoring about them since he saw them on TV and now, he's got to have them.  He says "look how gross and cool that is Mom!" and "Mom, look at that garbage, maybe it will make Ollie puke!"  Oh Lord help me, I have two weird boys!!

I chose The Trash Pack for my Gift Guide I love that their prices start at just $2.99 for a 2 pack of Trashies and go on up to about $19.99 each for the Street Sweeper and Garbage Truck.  What little boy doesn't like getting dirty and talking about garbage?  My boys are in love with fart and poop jokes so this is right up their alley!

Trash Pack giveaway

Trash Pack Review
What do they do exactly?  Well they can change color, the Scum Drum launches Trashies into the slimy toilet or rotten garbage and the Street Sweeper sweeps up the trash!  You might get lucky and find a rare Wall Crawler Movie Trashie that can stick to the wall and bear names such as: Rotty Pop, Burpy Slurpy and Sickly Sweets.  Ewwww...

How would you like to win your very own Street Sweeper and 3 Pack of Trashies?

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2012 + GIVEAWAY

Holiday Specs are unique and super fun glasses that transform Christmas lights into magical figures.  For less than $5 per pair, you can watch the glasses create stunning 3-D images.  They have traditional paper glasses as well as their new plastic, opera-style glasses.  Your options are endless as you can choose between angels, reindeer, Christmas trees, snowmen and more! 

Look how neat my photos look as they were taken with a pair of Holiday Specs covering my iPhone lens.  Note that the geometric shapes are much more clear because of the dynamics of my little iPhone camera but these pictures don't do the glasses justice.

Dexter and Oliver went NUTS with these glasses!  They absolutely love them and it provided at least 2 hours worth of immediate enjoyment. 

Here is the original tree, no glasses


Star of Bethlehem SO COOL!



How would you like to win 7 pair of assorted glasses for your family's enjoyment?!  This FLASH giveaway will end on Tuesday at 9am EST so you can have your prize in time for Christmas!

Comment on this post with the shape you think you/your kids would like the most.
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You can buy your own pair at the following locations: 

Home Depot, Lowes, Cracker Barrel, Boscov, ShopKo and Books A Million

*I received product to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own and I was not obligated to write a positive review*

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Pictures

I thought I would share a few of my favorite pictures that we got for our Christmas cards.  I didn't include the card pics because my family and friends read my blog and I don't want to spoil it!  Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shaklee Cinchspiration Winding Down

How it is that in 10 short days I will be submitting my sixth and final post for my Shaklee weight loss challenge?  Bittersweet because I have come to love and look forward to these future months.  I told you I wasn't going to divulge how much weight I have lost (until the end) but I can assure you that I hit my second BIG goal about 9 days ago and I feel great!  I feel amazing and honestly, for the first time in a long time, I am looking into the future with a healthy mindset and attitude.

My final post will be up on December 21st so come back and check out how well I did!  Thank you for all of your support these last 6 months, it means the world to me!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First Birthday Party - Differences Between A Boy’s And A Girl’s First Birthday

First Birthday Party - Differences Between A Boy’s And A Girl’s First Birthday
With a little bit of planning, you can make your child’s first birthday party a very special and memorable occasion. A great way to simplify the planning process for a birthday party is to create a themed event. Once you have decided on a fun theme for the party, you can easily coordinate your choice of activities, birthday invitations, party supplies, and desserts.

Although many boys and girls enjoy many of the same kinds of things, here are some creative ideas to help you plan a fun birthday party for your one year old boy or girl.

Your Baby Girl’s First Birthday

Many little girls are already starting to understand the fun involved with feeling pretty and decorated. For these special birthday girls, a princess theme may be the perfect choice. Planning a princess party can be very fun for everyone involved. Make sure that your baby girl has a special birthday dress and headdress to wear so that she feels like the true princess she is. Make sure to let the other kids join in the fun as well, and invite them to come dressed in “royal” attire. Both boys and girls can enjoy dressing and acting the part of royalty.

Another fun theme for a one year old girl is a Mother Goose birthday party. With so many different nursery rhymes to choose from, you can either choose to focus on one story or combine activities and themes from several different nursery rhymes. From party games to story time, a Mother Goose theme makes it easy to select fun activities for your baby girl’s 1st birthday party.

A Birthday Party For Your Little Gentleman

There are many fun themes you can use for your little one year old boy. Lots of little boys (and girls) enjoy playing with trains and toy cars. This can make a great theme for a child’s party. Depending on the type of vehicle your little boy loves best, you may want to choose caps or toy cars as fun party favors.

If your child isn’t interested in cars quite yet, it might be fun to have a monkey or cowboy party. Consider all the games and dress ups you could use. For a cowboy party, your little man could wear a plaid shirt and cowboy boots, and you could seat adults on hay bales. For a party themed after monkeys, you could decorate the play area to look like a jungle and treat everyone with a sweet banana cake.

Make Sure To Plan For Kids And Adults

As you plan your child’s birthday party, make sure that you include adults in your plans. Most of the time, adults like to accompany their children to birthday parties, especially at such a young age. Parents generally don’t expect a lot of fuss, but it can definitely help to have a few treats for them to snack on and adequate seating for everyone.

Final Considerations

Don’t feel like you need to stress out a lot to make a birthday party fun and memorable. With some simple planning, you can have a fun and memorable birthday for your special little one year old.
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