A few weeks ago I was in shock. After a lifetime of being one of the lucky “naturally thin” people, I had an eye-opening surprise at my bathroom scale.
I called my husband over. I asked him to take a look at the scale. Maybe it wasn’t working right. Maybe it was broken, or not properly calibrated. I wasn’t weight obsessed, so I didn’t step on the scale often.
He picked up the scale and looked it over. He put it back down and stepped on it. He said it seemed to be working fine to him. So I stepped on the scale once again. This time we both looked at the results. “Wow,” he said softly, “I knew you were putting on a couple of pounds, but I didn’t think you weighed that much.” Then he winced. He realized what he’d said. And so had I.
Then I ran to my laptop and did a search for sites with weight calculators. Found one. I put in my height and my weight. Hit send. Waited. Read. Sighed. Went to another website with a different weight calculator. Keyed in the data. Waited. Read. Pouted. Sighed again.
I was officially overweight.
I hadn’t gained the weight overnight, of course. It was a gradual thing. Sort like soil erosion in reverse. When I look back, I suppose it started about four or five years ago. Probably the year when summer started and I hadn’t lost my “winter weight.” You know what winter weight is, don’t you? It’s those few pounds you gain by overeating during the holidays, and never bothering to worry about until it’s bathing suit season. You justify it by referring to it as cold weather insulation, and other sorts of nonsense. But the bottom line is that it is just plain fat. And mine had been accumulating for a few years.
U.S. data tells us that 190 million adult Americans – virtually 66% of the population – are overweight. I never considered myself to me a member of this majority before. It wasn’t that I was emotional eating, or binging. I continued to eat like I always did. But my metabolism must have slowed down, because I’m certainly not burning calories like I used to.
Well, truth be told, I was snacking a little too much between meals. Too many chips, not as many fruits and veggies. I needed to readjust my diet, and fast.
Enter my husband’s cousin Cheryl. I was desperate to lose weight and lose it fast. And she said she could help.
She’d been selling Mona Vie for a while, but found something new – a company called ViSalus Sciences. They had some sort of shake mix – a meal replacement called Vi-Shape. I didn’t want to get involved in any marketing company. But I was willing to give these shakes a try … and am I happy I did.
I joined the Body By Vi Challenge. I started drinking Vi-Shape shakes every day. The shakes are delicious — they smell like cookie dough and taste like milkshakes. And they are backed by 20 years of scientific research.
I just added milk, fruit and the mix in my blender. Voila, a great tasting shake.
I started by replacing one meal a day. The cost was perfect – less than $2 a shake. I discovered that I wasn’t hungry between meals and I stopped my excess snacking. Since I started the 90-day challenge, about two weeks ago, I’ve lost 9 pounds. So I’m about halfway to my goal. Now I’m stepping up to two Vi-Shape shakes a day. I can’t wait to reach my final weight loss goal!
I am so excited about my weight loss success that I signed up to be a ViSalus distributor. Even I can’t believe it, but I really love this direct sales company and its products. And if you have to lose weight, I can’t think of a better way. It’s quick, easy and affordable. So if you are part of that 66% of the U.S. who need to lose weight get ViSalus, and get rid of your excuses today. Help yourself. And then start helping others. You’ll be rewarded in many, many ways when you do.