As most of you know, this past spring and summer were extremely busy. Between house hunting, buying our house, and moving, my nutrition was the biggest thing that took a hit. Long days of looking at houses, packing, and settling into our new house resulted in lots of frozen pizza and take out. My poor nutrition intake resulted in a level of indigestion that I hadn’t experienced since college. And although I was able to keep up with my training plan for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, I noticed that letting my nutrition slip resulted in me gaining a couple of inches in unwanted areas. My weight only increased by a couple of pounds, but I noticed a significant loss of muscle tone since the majority of the time that I had to workout was devoted to running and not to cross training or weight training.
But let me back up even further. Much further. Starting in college, drinking Diet Coke was a huge part of my daily routine. Because I cannot stand the taste of coffee, Diet Coke was my sole source of caffeine. By the time I graduated college and started my first year of teaching, I was drinking multiple cans of Diet Coke a day, including starting each morning off with a Diet Coke.
During Lent 2012, I made a pledge to myself to cut back on my Diet Coke intake. I limited myself to only one Diet Coke a day. I found a new taste bud for Chai Tea, and instead of drinking Diet Coke with my breakfast I switched to tea. After my first 40 days of the change, I continued this practice and since then have only turned to Chai Tea as my morning caffeine source.
Since then, I have tried to continue to only drink one Diet Coke a day, as a treat at lunch. Most days I was successful, but there were days when I felt like I needed another Diet Coke in the afternoon. This past summer though, I pushed myself to only have a Diet Coke when I really felt like I needed the caffeine boost. And as the new school year drew closer, I wanted to find a way to cut it out altogether.
Aside from Diet Coke, I face another nutritional struggle every morning: what I eat for breakfast. For years, I’ve eaten a bowl of yogurt, frequently adding fresh fruit and/or granola to the top, but I’ve found that it takes me sometimes up to half an hour to finish the bowl. Because I get up so early for work, now at 4:30 each morning in order to battle DC area traffic, I find it difficult to stomach solid foods before school starts. Delaying when I eat breakfast isn’t a realistic option, since its difficult to eat during class and my lunch period starts at 10:20 a.m.
August 12th is a day that forever changed my life. Its the day that I drank my first Shakeology shake. I’ve found having a shake for breakfast instead of a more traditional breakfast to be much easier on my stomach so early in the morning, and the digestive issues that I developed over the summer have subsided. More importantly than those reasons though, I’ve noticed a huge surge in energy since I started drinking Shakeology. After I finish my shake I have a cup of tea, and with the exception of one day over the past five weeks, I haven’t needed any extra caffeine during the day.
This is a huge success for me. As somebody who used to drink several Diet Cokes a day and crave the sugary taste, I can proudly say that I don’t appreciate the taste of Diet Coke anymore. Anybody who has known me for a long time is shocked to hear this.
Between Shakeology and returning to a healthy and fairly clean diet, I have seen significant changes in my body as well. Over the past five weeks I’ve lost almost two pounds (but have also noticed that I’ve gained a lot of muscle back, especially in my legs). More impressive than the loss of two pounds though is the number of inches that I’ve shed from my body: 1.75 inches in my waist, 2.5 inches in my hips, and 1.5 inches in my thighs.
I know that Shakeology by itself wouldn’t have resulted in the progress that I’ve seen, as it takes a combination of healthy eating and working out for anybody to make positive changes to their body. However, I can confidently say that if it weren’t for Shakeology that I wouldn’t have the energy that I do each day to work with my students and then come home and work out. All this without the need for a single sip of Diet Coke.
QOTD: Have you used Shakeology? What changes have you been able to make to your lifestyle with the use of Shakeology or any other nutritional supplement?
Disclosure: I am not a Beachbody coach, and paid for my own supply of Shakeology. In no way am I affiliated with Team Beachbody. All opinions are my own.