#Cinchspiration Update: Encouragement is Awesome!

I have tried a lot of things to lose weight over the years. Honestly, I’d never been able to stick with anything for longer than a few weeks. Apparently my flakiness was obvious, because my husband actually congratulated me over the weekend. When I asked what for, he said “for sticking with Shaklee 180 and losing so much weight.”

I was flattered, but also intrigued. I’ve completed 10 weeks of the program and I’m now in week 11. What is so different about Shaklee 180 that I was able to stick with it when I had failed so many times before? Well, the first factor, in my opinion, is that I have to think so little about breakfast and lunch. The shakes and meal bars are easy, so I rarely skip meals like I used to before รขโ‚ฌโ€ mostly out of laziness or just getting so busy that I’d not even think to eat.

But the most important factor, I believe, is the 40+ other women who are taking this journey with me. Honestly, it has been a real gift to be able to do this with others who understand precisely the challenges of trying to lose weight, and with whom you can celebrate the victories.

We’ve even been challenging each other to daily workouts so we can stay motivated:

It’s awesome to have such a fun, good-natured system of accountability. Knowing everyone else is working out makes me want to work out too.

Because of this shared experience, though I only knew of maybe one or two of these ladies before we started, I now feel like they some of them are my sisters in spirit — here’s looking at you Maribel ๐Ÿ™‚ Having that built-in support system this time has made a ton of difference. So if you’re struggling to lose weight, ask a friend or significant other to join you. You’ll be able build each other up, encourage each other on “off” days, and remind each other that the world won’t end if you slip up sometimes. If you don’t have anyone to do this with, try to find a group of people in your area with the same goals. Maybe go to a Zumba class and make some friends.

It’s really worth it to have others to cheer you on.

Now for this week’s weigh in:

Though I was 2 lbs. shy of my goal after week 8, I somehow managed to lose 6 pounds in two weeks to reach my 10-week goal of 20 total pounds! I’m literally giddy about that!

So here’s to 14 more weeks of success! My 6 month goal is actually 40 lbs, but since I’m already halfway there, I’m going to go all out and hope for 48, which means I need to lose 2 lbs. a week the rest of the way! I can do it!

Giveaway on deck!

Want to join me on this journey to better health? Well, I’m giving away a 2-week Shaklee 180 starter kit, so head on over and enter! You can get up to 5 chances to win, so don’t miss it! You have until Sept. 3 to enter!

Disclosure: I was chosen by Shaklee to be a #Cinchspiration blogger. As a result, I will receive a 6-month supply of Shaklee 180 products along with online support and incentives as I document my journey. As usual, all opinions are authentic and mine. Results and experiences are unique for each person, so results may vary. People following the weight loss portion of Shaklee 180 can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. WOOHOO!! Congrats!

    I really believe that being part of a group is key in losing weight. It’s been so helpful for me and in so many ways. I love it.

  2. Aw, thank you for the nice shout out. It is making it easier to have friends to share the triumphs and the trials we face day to day. So when your day is going on the wrong path you, your friend or healthy journey buddy can help get you back in to the right path. Just like you do everyday for me too.

  3. Way to go girlfriend! I am SO PROUD OF YOU! I know you look even hotter than you did before! I can’t wait to see the final results of all your hard work! In person. Yeah, we need to schedule that ! ๐Ÿ™‚

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