Last year-late fall I was searching online with the next quick fix. Like many people these days I was overweight, tired and uncomfortable in my own skin. I could give anyone a 100 excuses as to why I couldn't workout. The problem was I had tried so many different things and nothing seemed to stick. How could I find something I could do for the rest of my life, when I have tried so many different things and could not make one of them work for me? I did The South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers (several times), juicing, and (sad by true) diet pills. I tried to incorporate walking 10 miles of walking a week. I started to eat cleaner, but the weight still just seem to hang out. I searched and searched the internet and thought there has to be something that will make this weight come off fast. As I was browsing thru some pages I came across a blog. The clean eating caught my attention. My son had been recently diagnosed with food allergies and I was researching a lot about clean eating. I read this blog by this mom of two young kids, who had lost weight by working out, eating clean, drinking Shakeology and joining a challenge group. I could relate to her story and when I saw her before and after pictures....I knew that this worked. I contacted her. She was kind enough to talk to me. She told me this was not a quick fix, it would take hard work and dedication-but if I truly wanted to change this would work and she would help me. I talked to my husband and I signed up with Melanie. Melanie became my coach who supported me, helped me learn about clean eating and cheered me on-along with everyone else that belonged in my challenge group. After my first challenge group I fell off the wagon, I got sick, my kids got sick, we went on vacation and the excuses rolled in. My 34th birthday hit and I said I need to try this again. I was starting to feel better and when I stopped I quickly fell back into the weekly headaches, sugar cravings and was dragging. I contacted Melanie and she got me in a group. This time I was so ready, I knew that no matter what I was not going to give up. 8 months later I am 20lbs lighter and have lost 22.5 inches. This is something I can do for the rest of my life and something I want to do the rest of my life. I no longer have excuses, my workouts are a daily top priority and so is fueling my body the right way. Shakeology has helped me tremendously. I have a terrible sweet tooth and Shakeology helped me rid those cravings, gave me more energy and fills me up. I actually crave this now! With clean eating there is an 80/20 rule. So 80% of the time you eat clean and 20% you indulge, treat yourself. I don't use the word diet or cheating. A diet doesn't last and cheating goes with dieting. I can say with 100% certainty my life has forever changed for the better. I haven't felt this good in years. I no longer feel ashamed of myself and although I have not hit my goal-I know I will. It took me many years to realize in order to get my life back, I needed to work hard at it. I neglected myself for a long time and its going to take time to get my body where I want it to be. I also have learned to celebrate non scale victories and no longer obsess with the number on the scale and that feels so freeing. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money or your time on the next fad or quick fix, do what works. I am so thankful I stumbled upon my coaches page and I hope one day someone can say that about me. Although my journey will never be over with and I am still working on myself, I decided to pay it forward and help others feel as good as I do.