Last Monday, I started a Shakeology 10-Day Challenge thanks to my dear friend, Kelly (whose success story I’ll be sharing tomorrow!). I started out with a lot of skepticism about the whole ordeal, despite knowing how much Kelly loves this program. I had my doubts.
I had my final shake yesterday morning. Day one, I was not a huge fan. I thought there was a chalky texture and the flavor was just so-so. It took a couple days, but I finally found a combination that I really enjoyed: Shakeology, a cup of almond milk, a banana, a tablespoon of almond butter, a tablespoon of honey, and a few ice cubes all blended together. Not too shabby!
I tried extra hard during the ten days to avoid processed food and did pretty well with that overall. I also avoided sweets, alcohol, and sugary drinks like my beloved Starbucks lattes. I exercised eight of the ten days.
All that being said, I feel like I didn’t stray that far from my normal eating habits, since I like to think I’m a pretty healthy person overall. I think it boded well that one of my 2013 goals is to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and to cut back on sweets. I was already on the right track going into it. I almost wish I had done a challenge in March or April when my New Year’s fervor has subsided, and I find myself falling back into some unhealthier habits. I think it would have been a good “get back on track” plan of attack.
I surprised myself by telling my roommate the other night that I was actually going to miss having the shakes in the morning! What?!
I lost weight. From day one of the challenge to this morning, I was down three pounds. I also did my waist measurement day one and lost 1 1/4″ inch there. Yep, that was pretty awesome! I feel less bloated than I usually do, which was a welcome change. I feel like I had a bit more energy, especially as the challenge went on. The biggest difference for me, in that area, was waking up in the morning was remarkably easier. I’m a big fan of the snooze button, but these past couple of mornings especially, I really haven’t used it. Can all of this be attributed solely to the Shakeology? I don’t believe so. It likely played a part, but I think those pros that come with any overall healthy diet.
There was also a great community on Facebook in a group for all the challenge participants; I also got great messages from Kelly every morning with encouragement, and thoughts on goals and motivation – all helpful for life in general, really.
The price. This was, honestly, more than anything else, what I really had resistance about. By the time I made my shake creation every morning, it was a bit of a calorie bomb at 500 calories, but that’s also due to what I added in. Had I just used Shakeology and almond milk, it would have cut the calories almost in half.
Overall, I enjoyed this experience more than I thought I would. I think it would especially benefit someone who needs to get back on track with healthier eating habits and weight loss. There is a suggested meal plan participants can follow, although I largely chose not to just based on what I already had in the house and not wanting to go out and buy a bunch of new foods. I think the challenge, as a whole, provides a really great framework for participants to get headed in the right direction. There’s a lot of chat on various websites about it all being a scam. I wouldn’t go that I’d go that far, but I think that the shakes in combination with healthy, wholesome options for the rest of my meals, is a nice option.
So, will I stick with Shakeology as a regular part of my life? At this point in time, no. For where I’m at in my journey, I don’t feel like I got quite the benefits that I might have a few years ago. The price is also a huge prohibiting factor for me. That being said, I am glad I gave the 10-day challenge a chance. Like I said in my introduction post to the challenge, I’ll try (almost) anything once! If you’re curious about Shakeology, I would say it’s definitely worth giving it a shot!