Weight Watchers Simple Start App Gave Me The Help I Needed!

I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own.

As I am sitting here writing this, I am also eating my breakfast:

If you are ready to lose weight, try the Weight Watchers Simple Start app. It is full of healthy, tasty recipes that will leave you full! #lovehealthyme

Well, it was supposed to be an omelet but I can’t make an omelet to save my life. So let’s call it a scramble. Yep, this is my “diet” breakfast, more food than I can eat! Eggs scrambled with cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions, and spinach (I add spinach to everything)…and even toast! It doesn’t look like diet food, and it doesn’t taste like diet food. This is why I love the Weight Watchers Simple Start App.

I’m turning 40 next month, so at the beginning of the year I decided it was time to really focus on me…taking better care of myself not because I want to lose weight or look great in a bikini (but seriously, those are both big bonuses), but because I need to take better care of myself. I can’t live on junk food, wine, and no exercise, I know this. And I want to live long enough to see my kids have kids – and if I’m lucky like my Nana, to see my kids’ kids have kids. So I had to change my whole outlook on the way I treat my body.

So yes, I started exercising and eating healthy – and that’s where the problem came in. I’m one of those people who have never had to watch what I eat. Before the kids, I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted without gaining any weight. This is no longer the case. And therein lies the problem: I don’t know how to eat healthy because I’ve never had to do it.

If you are ready to lose weight, try the Weight Watchers Simple Start app. It is full of healthy, tasty recipes that will leave you full! #lovehealthyme

When I was given the opportunity to try Weight Watchers Simple Start, I jumped at the chance. Because Weight Watchers helps people get healthy in a healthy way.

If you are ready to lose weight, try the Weight Watchers Simple Start app. It is full of healthy, tasty recipes that will leave you full! #lovehealthyme

I love breakfast! This one is yogurt, strawberries, cinnamon, and shredded wheat.

What is Weight Watchers Simple Start? It’s a two week starter plan for people who are new to Weight Watchers or current members who want to get their motivation going again. The app is simple – it helps you choose from a variety of nutritious, satisfying foods (also called Weight Watchers Power Foods.)

All you have to do is pick from a list of good-for-you foods and start losing weight. You can choose from 55 meals and snacks. There are even swaps and flavor boosts to choose from. Want to cheat? That’s okay too! There’s a section devoted to “Indulgences” so you can have…wait for it…WINE if you’d like! Or half ‘n half with your coffee! And cheese! All kinds of things I am not willing to give up!

Now what I love about this app is that it’s full of meals that I will actually eat because I don’t feel like I’m being deprived of anything. I’ve tried several different recipes (the egg salad is my favorite lunch) and haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like.

So back to the breakfast…I know not everybody has time to make an omelet for breakfast while trying to get kids to school and then out the door to work. If you can’t make that happen, you can still have this breakfast! My mini quiches are basically the same thing (just use fat-free cheese and no bacon) and they freeze great!

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I’m eating really tasty food, I get to cheat, and there’s nothing off limits. This? Is the perfect way for me to live. And any plan that lets me still “cheat” with a yummy treat like these apples is okay in my book!

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I plan to keep using Weight Watchers Simple Start because it works. I’m not starving and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on eating throughout the day. If you need help with healthy eating, it’s worth checking out! You can find Weight Watchers on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. They share lots of great food and exercise tips!

Shaklee 180 Turnaround Program: One Month Results

Shaklee_180 Back at the beginning of March, I vlogged about why I was joining the Shaklee 180 program to lose weight. I said that it didn’t matter what the scale told me…that if I didn’t lose one pound but look and feel better that it would be fine with me. I’m eating my words now (no pun intended). The scale numbers can suck it.

Shaklee 180 Month 1 Results

After following the Shaklee 180 program – drinking a smoothie for breakfast, eating a meal bar for lunch, and then a healthy dinner, I only lost 2.8 pounds over the course of a month.

This is frustrating for me because on this program, the average weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. I should have at least lost 4 pounds! BUT…I’ve also been exercising like crazy. While a may not have lose any scale pounds, I have lost 10.4 inches overall and I’ve lost 7.81 pounds of fat mass! So while the scale might not be showing it, the pounds are definitely falling off and converting into lean body mass. And I am good with that!

During this first month on the Shaklee 180 program, I have also learned a lot.

I am more aware of what I’m eating calories and nutritionally-wise.

The smoothies are easy, convenient, yummy, and I don’t want to skip them…I look forward to them. This is progress for me since before if I could’t find anything to eat for a meal I wouldn’t eat. Then I would shovel in whatever junk food I could find later.

I’m eating much less crap and more healthy foods throughout the day. And while I do “cheat” once or twice a week, I don’t binge the entire day – I select a meal or portion of the day to cheat during, and eat healthy the remainder of the day.

I’m not a fan of the meal bars, I prefer the Shaklee smoothies. They do taste good, but the smoothies are fresher, sweeter, and tastier. But the meal bars are so much more convenient when I’m out and about. They are easy to pack up and take with me when I’m not sure what the day will bring.

I said those scale numbers aren’t important, but I lied. I am bummed I didn’t lose more. Right now I’m skinny fat…I have a thin build and look like I’m skinnier than I am. But I’m 8% away from my fat mass goal of 22% which is healthy for women my height and weight.

I don’t want to just be skinny, I want to be fit and healthy.

I have to keep telling myself that it took me a lot longer than a month to get this out of shape and that it’s going to take a lot longer to see major changes. But I’m in it for the long haul.

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I want to look good in clothes AND out of them. So I’m just going to keep trucking along using the Shaklee 180  program and enjoying my new healthy lifestyle. Once I got past being hungry during the first couple of weeks, I actually started looking forward to eating and exercising better (and more!) than I have ever before!

All that being said, I am loving the Shaklee 180 program and I’m still just as excited to be a Shaklee blogger! If you want to learn more about my exercise program and those results, you can check them out here.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I will be receiving free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own.

I Started My Shaklee 180 Program Because I Want To Lose Weight!

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A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I was one of 90 bloggers chosen to lose weight using the Shaklee 180 program. I started at the beginning of the week, and I’m feeling GREAT! I want to lose weight AND keep it off!

I have taken my before pictures, measurements and weight, as well as my body fat percentage. I will of course be sharing it with you as I travel down this road…probably I will post it at the end of the month so you can see what a difference a 30 days makes!

I’m hoping to get at least the same results I got when I tried the Brazil Butt Lift workout…I lost over 9 inches and almost 7 pounds in just a month. I’d be thrilled to do it lose it again! The difference this time is that I want to lose weight in a healthy way that will help me keep it off long term. It’s a lifestyle change this time, not a one month challenge.

So as I continue to work the program and workout, I’m excited to see the results. I already feel so much better than I have in quite awhile. I’m already happy with the changes taking place.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a little bit more about why I decided to commit myself to this program for 6 months. It’s a long time, and I think part of the reason I am doing it is because of the accountability and the fact that I don’t want to let Shaklee down by flaking out. So I needed this commitment to commit to myself.

However, there’s other reasons too. Here’s a short video of why I decided to try the Shaklee 180 program.

I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT!

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are honest and my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

I Want To Lose Weight With The Shakelee 180 Diet Plan

I_want_to_lose_weight It’s no secret that I want to lose weight…hell, I’ve written about it enough. I want to lose weight, you probably want to lose weight, and almost everybody I know does. And it still doesn’t make it any easier for  me to do it.

I’ve tried starving myself, eating only healthy (which to me means boring) foods, committed to doing the Brazil Butt Lift and posting before and after pictures in my bathing suit, and trying Cross Fit exercise. I failed miserably at my attempt to try the 7-day GM diet.

I’ve tried buying bigger jeans and squeezing into smaller ones.

And after it all, I still want to lose weight.They were all temporary fixes.

I’m one of those lucky girls that never had to worry about her weight…until I had the twins. I could eat and drink as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted, and always remained thin. I may not have been in good shape, but I could always throw a bathing suit on without worrying too much about what I looked like.

Then the twins were born, and my metabolism was shot. Now I’m in a really sucky situation because I don’t know how to eat healthy, I don’t want to eat healthy, I don’t no how to exercise properly, and I have ZERO willpower. And now? I want to lose weight but don’t know how.

I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT!

I need a lifestyle change. I can’t just want to lose weight, I have to change my way of thinking about food and exercise. I know all of this in my head, but my head also has a way of twisting things and making me think that “I’ll start tomorrow (or Monday or next month)” sounds like a good plan.

A few months ago, I heard that Shaklee was looking for bloggers to try their 6 month Shaklee 180 diet plan. It’s designed to help you lose weight during the first three months and learn how to keep it off during the next three months. I’ll remove belly fat and learn about diet and healthy eating all at the same time. It was the lifestyle change I was looking for!

So I applied, and promptly forgot about it. Until last week. Last week, Shaklee announced their Shaklee 180 bloggers…and I was on the list! Out of more than 450+ bloggers that applied, only 90 of us were chosen. To say I am over the moon about this opportunity would be an understatement!

Over the next 6 months, I’ll be sharing with you my weight loss journey, introduce you to the Shaklee 180 diet plan, and Shaklee nutritional products.

People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180 Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. So I am hoping to lose about 15 pounds over the next three months.

This time, I am not committing to losing weight for just a month; I’m committing to losing it and keeping it off. I want to lose weight now and forever. I hope you’ll support me, and if you want to start this journey with me, you can check out the Shaklee 180 program to get started.

I want to lose weight, and I’m ready to do just that and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle so I can keep it off.

I start my journey on March 1st…stay tuned for more about it then!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I will be receiving free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own.

The GM Diet (General Motors Diet): Does It Work?

I don’t know if I should love or curse Pinterest for this pin I stumbled across for the GM diet. Have you heard about the GM diet? It’s a week long diet/cleanse based on eating only fruits, veggies, and a vegetable soup for rapid weight loss. Eating all the fruits and veggies I want for 7 days with the goal of losing 10 or more pounds? I’m in.

Though I must apologize in advance because this post is going to be really long due to the amount of information there is to share about the GM diet.

The GM diet, was supposedly designed by General Motors for their employees and dependents to facilitate its health and fitness program. Supposedly. From what I’ve read, the GM diet is not endorsed by the General Motors Company. I can find lots of research to say that, but not much “official” research to say that GM claims the GM diet.

Anyways. I showed the GM diet plan to Jason, and because he knows I have zero willpower, he said he would do the GM diet with me. We started the day after Super Bowl. I thought I could do anything for 7 days; I was wrong.

Have you heard of the GM diet (General Motors diet)? Over 7 days, you could lose 10-17 lbs. on this diet/cleanse. Does it work? One blogger shares results. photo source

Does the GM Diet Work?

I wouldn’t know because I was ready to gnaw my arm off on Morning 3 and didn’t make it. On the other hand, Jason did make it through the entire week.

Did the GM diet work for him? Yep, it sure did…but not without some side effects.

Here is his daily weight:

Day 1: 200.8 pounds

Day 2: 197.7 pounds

Day 3: 195.7 pounds

Day 4: 193.5 pounds

Day 5: 191.3 pounds

Day 6: 190.0 pounds

Day 7: 189.1 pounds

Jason lost 11.7 pounds in just 7 days. However he was extremely tired, lethargic, no energy, grouchy, and generally hungry. He did it for me…and he wanted to know if it would really work so I could share all of this on my blog.

The GM diet didn’t work for me, and it may not be for everyone, but based on what happened with Jason and some of the other reviews I’ve read, people are promoting the GM diet.

For those of you interested, here is the GM Diet plan.

The GM Diet 7-Day Plan

Have you heard of the GM diet (General Motors diet)? Over 7 days, you could lose 10-17 lbs. on this diet/cleanse. Does it work? One blogger shares results.The GM diet is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter by atleast 10 pounds. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

During the first seven days you must drink 10 glasses of water each day. You must abstain from all alcohol.

Beverages you may consume while on the GM diet :

1. Water (flavored with lemon/lime if desired).
2. Club Soda is OK.
3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

DAY ONE
All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consists of all fruits you want. It is suggested you consume lost of watermelon and cantaloupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

DAY TWO
All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the new and cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the account or type. Avoid oil and coconut while cooking vegetables. Have large boiled potato for breakfast.

DAY THREE
Any mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet and no potatoes today.

DAY FOUR
Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. You can also have 1 bowl of vegetable soup.

DAY FIVE
Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

DAY SIX
Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your heart’s content.

DAY SEVEN
Today your food intake will consist of 1 cup rice, fruit juice and the vegetables you care to consume. Tomorrow   morning you will be 10 – 17 pounds lighter than 1 week ago.

You have your system under control now and it will thank you for all the purging and cleansing you just gave it. Even more than a diet program it is good to follow the GM diet once in a while to clean your digestive system and remove toxic substances that have accumulated in the system.

Additional Comments about the GM diet

The most important element of the GM diet is the 10 tall glasses of water a day. You can also flavor the water will some lemon to make the drink easier. While on the program, take only black coffee and never more than one teaspoon of oil. Preferably do not use oil because the high calorific content. No fruit juices before day seven.

If you desire further weight loss, repeat the GM diet again. Repeat the GM diet as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you rest for three days before every repetition.

If you decide to repeat the GM diet, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as creme de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.

Here is what happens to you body while you are on this program and how and why it works:

Day 1: You are preparing your system for the upcoming program. Your only source of nutrition is fresh fruits. Fruits are nature’s perfect food. They provide everything you can possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.

Day 2: Starts with a fix complex carbohydrates in the form of a boiled potato. This is taken in the form of a boiled potato and taken in the morning to provide energy and balance. The rest of the day too consists of vegetables which are virtually calories free and provide essential nutrients and fiber.

Day 3: Eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from fruits. Your system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will have cravings, which should start to diminish by day four.

Day 4: Bananas and milk. You are in for a surprise. You probably will not be able to eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there fore the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the last three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets and you will be surprised at how easy this day will go.

Day 5: Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fibre. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colourless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five “quarter ponders”. Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.

Day 6: It is similar to five. is similar to day five. Iron and proteins from beef, vitamins and fiber from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.

Day 7: You may celebrate with champagne. You may also have white wine instead of champagne, but in all practical programs, and in all surveys done to measure the success of the program, General Motors employees have always preferred champagne to white wine.

GM Diet Wonder Soup

The GM Diet (General Motors Diet): Does It Work?
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Ingredients

  • 28 oz water
  • 6 large onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 whole tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • Herbs and seasoning as desired

Instructions

  1. Cut up all of the veggies and add it to the boiling water. Season with the soup and herbs.
  2. Let cook until the veggies are tender, about 30 minutes.
Recipe Type: Sandwiches, Soups, & Salads

Notes

I used WAY more water than the 28 ounces called for in the recipe. I also read several variations of this recipe that allows you to use any veggies that you would like in this soup.

http://mommyofamonster.com/the-gm-diet-does-it-work/

You can take any amount of General Motors wonder soup on any day. The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities.

What do you think of the GM diet? Would you be willing to give it a try for 7 days?
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