Photo Courtesy of the Shaklee Corporation
When I opened my email on Monday, I expected the normal range of things in my email box – a note from a friend or two, blog business, and a healthy dose of spam.
Boy, does life throw out a surprise every now and then. I got an email from a fellow blogger, Sommer Poquette of Green and Clean Mom, who also is a consultant with The Shaklee Corporation. The first sentence of the email read, “Congratulations! You have been chosen to be part of the Shaklee 180™ Blogger Program!”.
Whatttttt? Seriously? They must have sent this to the wrong email address. But nope, there it was in black and white, on the Shaklee 180™ announcement post!
Out of 460 bloggers who applies, 90 lucky ladies get to participate in this cycle of the Shaklee 180™ program! Throughout the next six months, I will have the opportunity to try out (and dish to you, readers) about the Shaklee 180™ weight loss products. I will have the support of 90 other amazing women who are going to be taking the journey with me! I will be sharing my progress with you through pics, Facebook and Twitter updates, and (gulp) videos!
I have to admit, while I am SO excited to be a part of this program, I’m a little nervous about starting this journey. I have made a career out of hiding from my weight. I run from cameras as though they were a pack of wild hyenas. I have PERFECTED the above the chest head shot. See? You might not be able to tell that I am 120 pounds overweight from this pic, but I am.
I have to be on video? I have to tell the entire world how much I weigh? I have to show my whole body? Insert all kinds of anxiety ridden questions. What if my friends see? What will my boyfriend think (as though he hasn’t noticed that I’m overweight)? What if my ex-boyfriends see? What if my ex-husband sees?
And then, the little quiet voice that creeps in with the scariest question of them all.
What if I fail?
I know that this seems like a bummer of an attitude to have, and you would be right. However, I’ve been down this road before. I have lost weight, and gained. I have started, and then stopped. Why will this time be any different? So I sat down and thought about that question for a while. Why would this time be different? I came to the conclusion that this time, I WILL be successful in taking this weight off.
* I will have the Shaklee 180™ program! I have never been in a structured diet and weight loss program before. Plus, I will have all of the amazing ladies for support!
* I will have some SERIOUS public accountability. World Wide Web says it all, doesn’t it?
* I have a supportive relationship at home. This is something that I simply have not had in the past – my previous attempts were not supported, and even at times ridiculed and derailed. My boyfriend is super, super supportive, and has been so encouraging over the last couple of days – offering to help plan out and the healthy dinners we will make, and helping me to stay motivated to exercise.
* I’m ready. I have been living with this weight for LONG ENOUGH. My health is demanding that I lose the weight at this point. My life has stabilized and I no longer have ANY excuses to let things continue the way they have. Yep, the last few years have been super difficult. Living through a terrible marriage. Job loss. Studying for and taking the bar exam. Deaths of those who meant the most to me. Divorce. There have been many excuses. At this point, there are none. It’s time to DO THIS!
I was talking with my boyfriend after having been accepted. I was commiserating (okay, whining) about how it would take FOREVER , like two years, to lose my goal of 120 pounds. He looked right at me and said, “You know, those two years will pass whether you do anything about it or not, so you might as well do it. ” Yeah, he’s pretty smart. And I am so determined to lose this weight, that I don’t care how long it takes!
So I hope you follow me throughout this six month journey in the Shaklee 180™ program! You can always click on the button on the sidebar - this will take you to all of my posts about my journey through the Shaklee 180™ program. Make sure to follow The Mama Games and Shaklee on Facebook and Twitter!
Disclaimer: I will be provided with 6 months of free products from Shaklee 180™ in exchange for my review of their products. All of my opinions are my own.