Shakeology review week 2. After gaining weight during my first week on Shakeology, I had to really think about what Shakeology was all about. Shakeology is NOT a weight loss shake, so why did I expect to lose weight just by drinking it?
The reality is, and I’m honestly not too sure if enough people say this, Shakeology is a powder that provides you with a number nutrients to support your health, not to induce weight loss. Shakeology is packed with protein, amino acids, antioxidants, probiotics, and so much more, which in the end support a healthy lifestyle.
Taking the time to really think about why I was using Shakeology for 1 month helped me to focus on why I didn’t lose weight during week 1. It had nothing to do with Shakeology and everything to do with what I was eating and how much I ate over the weekend.
I started week 2 with the drive to be consistent all 7 days. I wanted to push through the pain, hunger, and frustration with the goal of seeing a great number on the scale 7 days later. I started week 2 weighing 235.2
Day 8 – Monday, June 10
I was so incredibly bummed when I stepped on the scale Monday morning. How the heck did I weigh in on Friday at 229 and then at 235 three days later? Blew my mind.
I felt great throughout the day but was really hungry after having my shake for dinner. I ended up eating a tortilla with cheese and pico de gallo at 7:45PM but was just about my calorie goal.
Breakfast: 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup strawberries, 1 scoop Shakeology, 2 TBSP PB2, and ice (294 calories at 7:30AM)
Snack: kale, chard, and turkey bacon (139 calories at 11AM)
Lunch: 2 slices Trader Joe’s Daily Bread, sliced deli ham, 1 slice pepper jack cheese, lettuce, yellow mustard, baby carrots, and hummus (380 calories at 12:30PM)
Snack: Yoplait Greek key lime yogurt and 1/3 cup KIND granola (430 calories at 3:00PM)
Dinner: 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Shakeology, 2 TBSP PB2 (358 calories at 6:30PM)
Snack: Whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 cup cheese, 1 oz chicken, homemade pico de gallo (260 calories at 7:45PM)
Total calories: 1861 calories
Day 9 – Tuesday, June 11
I was again pretty hungry after my 5PM smoothie but it didn’t wreak my diet. I also got a great workout in at the gym as football practice was cancelled.
Breakfast: 2 slices Ezekiel bread, 1 wedge laughing cow cheese, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup pico de gallo, k-cup, 2 tbsp coffeemate (362 calories at 6:30AM)
Snack: banana (105 calories at 11AM)
Lunch: 2 slices Trader Joe’s Daily Bread, sliced deli ham, 1 slice pepper jack cheese, yellow mustard, kale, chard, turkey bacon (399 calories at 12:30PM)
Snack: cottage cheese cup and KIND dark chocolate cherry bar (260 calories at 3:00PM)
Dinner: 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Shakeology, 2 TBSP PB2 (358 calories at 5:00PM)
Snack: 2 tortillas, 2oz chicken breast, 1/4 cup of cheese, and pico de gallo (360 calories at 7:30PM)
Total calories: 1844 calories
Workout: 25 minutes on Arc Trainer and 2-500m sprints on rowing machine
Day 10 – Wednesday, June 12
Day 10 was a weird day. Startled awake by Neal, I had no idea what day it was. I had overslept my alarm and again missed going to the gym before work. I was bummed and honestly out of it for the rest of the day.
The work day kept me busy and away from my snacks, which was fine, but I again struggled when I got home from work. As soon as I got home from work I had the tortilla. After a long walk with Neal and Theodore I was feeling great, but had some of Neal’s french fries and then a bowl of ice cream. I ended the day the way it began, tired and kinda blah. I knew I needed to get back on track and back to a place where I’m going to bed feeling proud of how my day went.
Breakfast: 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Shakeology, 2 TBSP PB2 (380 calories at 7:30AM)
Lunch: 2 slices Trader Joe’s Daily Bread, sliced deli ham, 1 slice pepper jack cheese, yellow mustard (260 calories at 12:00PM)
Snack: KIND bar and venti iced coffee with half and half (295 calories at 3:30PM)
Dinner: 1 tortilla, 1/4 cup of cheese, pico de gallo (510 calories at 5:00PM)
Snack: Zesty fries and ice cream (620 calories at 7:30PM)
Total calories: 1745 calories
Workout: 2.6 mile walk with Neal and Theodore
Day 11 – Thursday, June 13
Thursday I had to stay on track throughout the day as I had lunch plans at Chef Geoff’s. I battled between the black bean burger and a salad, but went with what I was craving. I ended the day feeling great and really enjoyed my shake for dinner.
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread, 1 scallion, Laughing Cow cheese wedge, venti iced coffee, and half and half (530 calories at 6:45AM)
Snack: Cottage cheese cup (80 calories at 10:30AM)
Lunch: Black bean burger and sweet potato fries at Chef Geoff’s (740 calories at 1:30PM)
Snack: KIND Fruit and Nut bar (200 calories at 4:00PM)
Dinner: 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Shakeology, 2 TBSP Just Great Stuff powdered peanut butter (358 calories at 6:30PM)
Total calories: 1908 calories
Workout: 20 minutes on Arc Trainer
Day 12 – Friday, June 14
The weekend just couldn’t come fast enough in week 2. I entered the weekend feeling pretty good and determined not to gain any weight, as I had done the weekend before.
Breakfast: 1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy Vanilla Bean, 2 TBSP Just Great Stuff powdered peanut butter (275 calories at 6:45AM)
Snack: Venti iced coffee with half and half (85 calories at 8:00AM)
Lunch: 2 slices Trader Joe’s Daily Bread, sliced deli ham, 1 slice pepper jack cheese, yellow mustard, baby carrots, and 2 tbsp garlic hummus (335 calories at 12:00PM)
Snack: KIND Nut Delight bar and cottage cheese cup (290 calories at 3:00PM)
Dinner: Almond milk, PB2, Shakeology, Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs (508 calories at 5:30PM)
Snack: Blueberry Hill lager, 2 small tortillas, and light cheese (491 calories at 8:00PM)
Total calories: 1984 calories
Workout: 3 mile walk with Neal and Theodore
Day 13 – Saturday, June 15
I kicked off my weekend with a shake and football practice. Saturday went well and I got 2 great workouts in. I was pretty worried about my Monday weigh in but I stayed focused.
Breakfast: Almond milk, Shakeology, soy powder, and PB2 (385 calories at 9:00AM)
Lunch: Kale, broccoli, spinach, pesto, and Parmesan cheese (389 calories at 1:30PM)
Snack: 2 small tortillas, cheese, and iced coffee (680 calories at 4:30PM)
Dinner: Couscous, green onions, flank steak, lettuce, and Ken’s light Ceasar dressing (571 calories at 7:30PM)
Total calories: 2025 calories
Workout: 2 hour football practice and 3 mile walk with Neal and Theodore
Day 14 – Sunday, June 16
I woke up Sunday morning feeling great. I felt healthy, refreshed and beautiful. Can’t beat that! I enjoyed a morning out with friends, got a lot done around the house in the evening, and busted out a fitness test for the Best Body Bootcamp.
Breakfast: Shakeology, banana, and 1% milk (338 calories at 8:00AM)
Snack: grande iced coffee with splash of half and half (85 calories at 11:30AM)
Lunch: Pei Wei chicken teriyaki bowl with brown rice and a salad roll (1113 calories at 2:00PM)
Dinner: Mixed greens, steak, and balsamic vinegar (236 calories at 7:30PM)
Total calories: 1772 calories
Workout: 1 mile run for time (8:36.80), walk sit for time, plank for time, push ups in 60 second, and burpees in 60 seconds
I never really felt in control of my diet during week 2, which is really a big issue for me. I had a lot of great days but still didn’t feel like I was kicking tail and dropping pounds. My evening snacks were unnecessary but I struggled with being really hungry after having dinner at 5PM during week 2. It made me think about when I’m consuming the bulk of my calories.
Thankfully my weekend went pretty well and I was happy with my weight Monday morning. I weighed in at 230.2, 5 pounds less than the week before.
There was a lot I did right during week 2, like working out and tracking my calories, but I was determined to have an even better week for week 3… To be continued