If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you'll know that I've struggled with losing weight over the course of my 21 child-bearing years. It seems as though I've kept on 6 or 7 pounds with each pregnancy, which doesn't seem like a lot, but multiply it times 9, and it starts to become a bit noticeable!
One thing I totally hated about getting fatter after the deliveries of my last four, was that I was stuck in a wardrobe 2 sizes higher than it should have been. And I REFUSED to buy anymore 16s, because I WAS going to lose this weight! But I didn't. I'd stayed at a 16 for at least 18 months, and you can't IMAGINE how sick I was of that tiny size 16 wardrobe that I refused to expand because I WAS going to lose that weight!
Well, can I just tell you that since I've started the Take Shape For Life program, I've gotten back into my size 12s in only a few short weeks! Now I've got tons of clothes to chose from, I feel more confident, sexy (could number 11 be right around the corner?) and energetic, and I feel that I've taken control of my life, not the other way around. Next step? Getting back into my size 10s! Almost there!
And what, you may ask, is the difference between this program and the million other weight loss programs out there? To me, the biggest difference has been having my own personal health coach, free of charge, who has been there to help and encourage me every step of the way.
On this program, you can lose from 2 to 5 pounds a week. My health coach and sister, Dr. Robyn Hickerson, PhD., has lost an amazing 70 pounds on the Take Shape For Life program, 60 of which she lost in the first four months! I am so proud of her and have been so motivated by her success and also by the fact that she is always there to teach, encourage, motivate, and now, during the holiday season, give me tips on how to stick with my goals of continuing to lose weight during what has traditionally been a difficult time.
Why am I sharing all this with you? Because I would like to help you the way my sister has helped me. I would like to help you gain optimal health by first helping you to achieve a healthy BMI, then showing you how to keep off that weight.
Here's how the program works....
First, you'll be able to eat 6 meals a day. These meals consist of 5 Portion-Controlled Meal Replacements (my favorite are the rich chocolate mint bars!) and one large meal a day, whether it be at lunch time or in the evening, consisting of lean meat or a vegetarian substitute and a large serving of vegetables. It seems like a lot, but eating 6 small meals rather than 3 large meals each day will help get you into the fat-burning state. The meals you will eat are high-protein and low-glycemic, which will keep you from feeling hungry, and will stop those insulin highs and lows that can make you feel so tired in the afternoons.
Second, as you follow the "5 and 1" program (5 meal replacements and 1 "Lean and Green" meal), I, with the mentorship of my sister, will walk you through your progress by offering support, nutritional advice, accountability, and encouragement via phone and email. To me, this has absolutely been THE MOST IMPORTANT part of this weight loss plan, knowing that I was accountable to my health coach and that I always had someone to go to when the going got tough.
If you would like to learn more about Take Shape For Life before the chat, please visit my Take Shape For Life website HERE or contact me at mom2my9 (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also call me at the phone number listed at the top right corner of my TSFL website. Thank you so much for your time, and I'm looking forward to our chat! One of the things we'll be focusing on is how to continue to lose weight, or to not gain weight, during the holiday season. Just in time right? See you at the chat. :)
(As per the new FTC blogging regs, I need to let you know that if you join the Take Shape For Life weight loss program under my mentorship as your health coach, I will be compensated by the company for my time as your health coach.)
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