I never dreamt that I would be posting a picture of me on the Internet with a before/after shot at the age of 50. I had been the same weight for oh, I don’t know, about 25 years! I had tried every diet out there…Weight Watchers, Atkins, Trim Healthy Mama, Shred…I could go on! I never lost enough, or kept it off, to warrant an “after” picture. That was until now!
Back in November of 2017, I was introduced to Arbonne skincare. I had fought with rosacea and sensitive skin for years, never finding the right product to help. But I went to a home party and was given a sample of Arbonne’s Calm line to try. It worked! Within a few weeks the redness was gone. When January rolled around, I decided, like millions of other people, to lose weight for my New Year’s resolution…again. But this time I decided to try Arbonne’s protein shakes to aid in my weight loss. Between the shakes, and learning to eat clean, the weight slowly started to come off!
I don’t know if you have ever heard of Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge or not but in May I decided to go all in and give it a try. My husband was on board with it and together we tackled it! It was the easiest plan to follow and it just made sense. During the 30 days, I lost 10 pounds but more importantly, I really learned what foods were irritants to my system. Since then, I’ve been living an 80/20 lifestyle of eating clean 80% of the time and allowing myself dinner’s out or special occasions 20% of the time. And guess what? For the first time in years, I feel great! I am officially down 38 pounds since March, I just completed a 5k a couple weeks ago and I hope to do many more! This lifestyle is the new norm for me and I couldn’t be happier.
Along with being overweight, I have had MS since 2001 which sometimes makes activity difficult as it tends to sap the energy out of me. One of the things that I’ve read about with MS is that a healthy diet can actually slow down progression. As much as I knew this was true, I never really adhered to it. But I do believe that within the past year, so many of my issues I.e., fatigue, migraines, etc. have gone away because of the change in my diet. I’m eating clean and supplementing with plant-based supplements made with clean ingredients.
If you haven’t heard of Arbonne or the 30 Day Challenge, I encourage you to do some research! I have since become an Independent Consultant because I love and use all of their products. Feel free to visit me on my Facebook page at Julie’s Healthy Living Inside & Out Group. I would love to help you on your journey to your “after” photo!