My Goals

Hopes, Expectations, Results

Having returned from the family holiday, it was time to get this experiment firmly off the ground and find out whether the Arbonne products (and the “30 Days to Healthy Living” programme) were everything they’re cracked up to be.

I had high hopes, low expectations and the results would have to speak for themselves.

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Goal 1 – Weight Loss

A little ‘before’ picture (taken 25 October 2018). As you can see, rather pudgy around the middle and hardly the most flattering picture. Weight, appx 78.5kg / BMI 25.6 (overweight).

For a long time I’ve weighed around 80kg  +/-2kg. I did drop a few kilos and reached 75kg late last year but this took a good few months using MyFitnessPal to monitor my calorie intake and burn. I didn’t manage to keep it off.

  • Reduce weight to 70kg by Christmas
  • Tone muscle at the same time
  • Reach a BMI of 21.2 by June 2019
  • Maintain weight / muscle thereafter

Goal 2 – Fitness

Of course, an essential ingredient of losing weight is plenty of exercise. I started getting into Road Cycling last year but abruptly stopped for about 6 months. It’s my aim to get back into this and rebuild my overall strength & fitness. Current cycling FTP weighted avg. power score 141W.

  • Increase FTP to 175W over 6 months
  • Tone muscles / build definition
  • Build strength & stamina

Goal 3 – Energy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt tired every day. I blamed my general fitness and vivid dreams for not getting enough rest, although I was sleeping more than enough (7-8hrs per night). Perhaps the stress of work and family life contributed as well, but it was enough to mention it to my doctor on a couple of occasions. I needed this to change.

  • Feel less tired!

Goal 4 – Diet

So this goes hand-in-hand with all of the above goals but I had a tendency to snack on the wrong things – chocolate, pizzas, ham and scotch eggs being among the worst offenders, and too my McD’s whilst travelling on business. I often felt hungry and would feel the need to eat something every couple of hours. I didn’t have a terrible diet, but it could certainly be improved.

  • Eat less processed foods
  • Eat less chocolate
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Improve my fruit, fibre and veggie intake
  • Feel less hungry
  • Improve my gut (I won’t go into details, but you know what I mean!)

Goal 5 – Confidence / Spirits

Generally, I’ve considered myself to be a very positive person, full of confidence, empathy, and a commitment to see things through. And that has certainly been true of the past but lately, I’ve found it harder to maintain this outlook and have suffered a few knock-backs. I’ve found myself procrastinating too much and let others get me down. I need a pick-me-up and a chance to get back on top.

  • Rebuild confidence in myself and others
  • Spend more time with positive people
  • Make better use of my time
  • Build my social network offline and online (here’s looking at you, dear readers)
  • Set new goals & learn new skills

Goal 6 – Looks!

I’ve recently celebrated my 43rd birthday so I need to work a little harder on this! I want to ensure I’m looking healthy on the outside as well as feeling it on the inside so this goal is really the culmination of all the others preceding it. Hopefully my improved physical appearance and renewed confidence will shine through and inspire others. Add to this a better skincare regime and a more versatile wardrobe, and I’ll be very happy!

  • Reduce blemishes / wrinkles
  • Have a sparkle in my eyes / reduce puffiness
  • Better shaving (I tend to struggle with shaving rash)
  • Dress to kill!

Goal 7 – Financial Freedom

It’s certainly true that with age comes greater financial responsibility and increased costs; mortgages, child care, family holidays, vehicle expenses, school fees, entertainment… it all adds up. And then there’s pensions and savings, which I’ve started far too late in life. Gaining financial freedom then, is critically important for all of us. However, I’m not sure that I expect much from Arbonne in this respect.

0.8% of consultants will reach the top tier and the vast majority of people starting this as a business will drop out. That said, there is scope to earn a little extra cash (and indeed, a lot of cash for some people) and if this can be put towards a family holiday or help to offset child care costs, then all well and good.

  • Earn £500/month from Arbonne after 12 months
  • Earn £1500/month from Arbonne after 24 months

 

So let’s see how we get on, eh? Do please subscribe to my blog to follow my Discover Arbonne journey and I’ll be sure to post again soon!

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20 Days Without Arbonne

Best laid plans…!

I started this experiment on the basis that I would try the Arbonne “30 Days to Healthy Living”, sans Arbonne!

The steps are quite simple really…

  1. Eliminate common allergens and limit things like processed foods, sugar/artificial sweeteners, dairy, wheat/gluten/yeast, alcohol, coffee, vinegar and soy
  2. Eat every 4-6 hours and avoid eating after 7pm or 3hrs before bed
  3. Eat in the proper portions – 50% veggies, 25% proteins, 12.5% carbs, 12.5% good fats

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You can view the full guide here. It’s all just good common sense and there’s nothing particularly strenuous about any of this. The guide also suggests tips for smarter cooking, gluten free diets, healthier snacks & drinks and gives some very helpful insights into what ‘healthy food’ really is. It also covers the benefits of increasing your activity levels (fitness, guys and girls).

Having addressed the inner you through a much improved diet & fitness regime, it’s time to consider the outer you and help it shine. This essentially boils down to a simple 3-step daily routine:

  1. Cleanse twice a day, which allows the products to work better
  2. Treat the blemishes, puffiness, age-related wrinkles, etc
  3. Protect with both day cream and night creams

How did it go?

Well to be honest, not so good!

Eliminating caffeine led to some terrible headaches and made me tired and agitated. The same was true of sugar and I found shopping rather more difficult – it really is amazing how much food in the supermarkets is processed! Have a good look around next time and it might surprise you (ham anyone? that lunchtime meal deal?). I still had cravings for chocolate and biscuits and felt hungry all the time. In all honesty, I lasted about a week before going back to my usual routine.

And then I went down with Shingles! Never had this before and it was on my face (which I didn’t even know was possible). Initially started with tingling in my upper lip which eventually led to my nose, lip and cheek going completely numb and bringing with it, some of the worst headaches I’ve ever experienced! 5 doctors and two diagnosis later and I was taking both antivirals and antibiotics (in case it was an infection of the nerve) just days before we set off to Malta for a short family getaway. Not exactly the best time to start a new health regime.

I guess you could say that the first month didn’t quite go to plan!

The good news is that I’m back on track, having now started the ’30 Days to Healthy Living’ properly, e.g. WITH Arbonne in hand. Read my next post to find out how that’s going…


The Journey Begins…

First and foremost a brand is a promise. There must always be a tangible, reliable product or service that is delivered if the brand is going to succeed in the marketplace.

Great brands know who they are and behave as such, consistently delivering their promise, yet constantly evolving to stay relevant and meaningful. Great brands never sit still. They thrive by embedding themselves in the culture and becoming an integral part of our lives

– World’s Greatest Brands

I’ve always agreed with this statement. A brand is a promise, and a promise is nothing without integrity.

As such over the years, through personal and shared experiences, I’ve built up a rather sceptical view of Network Marketing, especially given their exaggerated product claims and ability to earn a proper living as an associate.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be taking some time to reconsider my views and share first hand experience of what it’s like to start a new business in Network Marketing. I’ll expand on the reasons for my scepticism and what it was that finally brought me around to giving things a shot with Arbonne, as opposed to any other company.

This is my first ever blog and I should say that I run my own creative agency full time, so I’ll try to update as often as possible, but please bear with me if there are gaps.

Arbonne Starter Pack

Today is 1st Oct 2018. I’ve just taken delivery of my first intro pack, and I turn 43 tomorrow! So I’ll let you know how it all goes… 🙂