Thursday, November 1, 2012

Birthday Challenge

Wow, how is it already November?! These past few months have just been flying by.
Seems like just yesterday it was summer…and Liam was only 3 months old. 

16lbs 8 wks

It just hit me that I am going to be 28 years old in less than two months and I feel like I JUST turned 27. Since my birthday is approaching and another year has just slipped by, I am reflecting on the weight loss goals I want to set for next year. I would LOVE to shed the last few pounds of baby weight and get on track to a healthy weight once and for all!  But why do I need to start next year, why don’t I get a head start and begin NOW. 

I might be setting myself up for failure, but I have decided to try and lose 16 lbs by the time I reach my birthday. Yes, you read that correctly, lose weight DURING the holidays.  It is only 8 weeks away and would require me to lose an average of 2 lbs per week. I think it is totally doable, as long as I stay focused. I know, you are probably think I am CRAZY to even try this, but I would love to start the next year healthy and happy about my body.

How do I plan on accomplishing this 16 lb weight loss?

Well let me introduce you to Shaklee‘s Cinch Products! I will be using their meal replacement shakes. They are full of protein to help control hunger and help you feel full.

My plan is to replace breakfast with these shakes. I am not that great at remembering (or having the time) to either eat breakfast at home or bring breakfast to work each morning, so this will make sure I am getting those important nutrients in each morning. 


They also have this terrific energy tea. You just mix it with water and now you have a healthy kick start to your afternoon (instead of reaching for a can of Coke). 

I also plan on introducing exercise into my everyday routine. During the summer months I was working out with a mom’s group 2-3 times a week after work. I lost about 5 lbs and was feeling great. However, now that the fall is in full force, and it is dark by 6 pm, these workouts have ended. I like the idea of joining a gym, and really thought I would once the temperature dropped, but we really don’t have any room in the budget to afford a membership at this time. Instead, I will use some of the MANY work out DVD’s that we have collected over the years. This should at least get me through the next 8 weeks. At that time, I will reevaluate whether or not I should join a gym.  

I believe I already eat pretty healthy, but there is always room for improvement. I am going to keep focusing on eating whole foods and cut out as much processed foods as possible. I also plan to cut as much sugar and carbohydrates as I can, but know that it might be near impossible to completely eliminate them. I know that my body is really sensitive to carbs and I even had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. I am going to start reading food labels again and being more aware of my carbohydrate consumption. In the past when I cut out carbs, I was pretty successful at losing pounds and inches. 

Now…I have to go hide all the Halloween candy… 

Do you have any BIG goals you want to accomplish before the new year?


  1. That's great Hailey! That's pretty much what I've been doing, is eating whole foods and cutting out all processed junk. I've been feeling a lot better. I too am very sensitive to carbohydrates, so I have also cut those out. I think during the holidays is a great time to try to lose weight, since we usually use it as an excuse to gain... I look forward to reading about your progress. Good luck girl! You can do it!

  2. good luck! my husband and I are going to Sparkling Hills next week with a few of our couple friends - I'm hoping to lose 5 lbs in 7 days - haha... operation starve myself NOT.
    bathing suits suck.


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